In the past year, DCF saw an increase of 6,800 cases piled on state social workers, a 23 percent spike from the prior year. But the hiring process has taken much longer.
While reducing DCF caseloads became a priority following the 2013 deaths of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver and two infants, the number of social workers handling crisis-level caseloads – defined as twenty or more – has seen a sharp increase.
Currently, 262 workers statewide are dealing with crisis workloads, up from just 73 a year ago. The recommended caseload for each field worker is 15.
Around 200 new social workers have been hired, with nearly as many having quit or retired.
“We’ve seen a sharp spike in caseloads "
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