Sen. Tommy Tucker has worked to bring millions of additional dollars to the Senate budget geared towards improving Child Protective Services and the Department of Social Services.
The budget includes over $8 million to help reduce Child Protective Services caseloads to a 10-families per worker average, $750,000 for nine positions to "enhance oversight of child welfare services in local county departments," and increasing the general appropriation for Child Welfare in-home services by $4.5 million.
"It allows for 28 additional social workers throughout the state," Tucker said.
The increase in funds for these categories is 101 percent.
All of this comes after last year when Wanda Sue Larson and boyfriend Dorian Harper were charged with multiple cases of child abuse after a child in their custody was found handcuffed to a front porch with a dead chicken wrapped around his neck. Larson was a supervisor for the Union county Department of Social Services.
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