In both governmental and private audits, North Carolina’s system intended to shelter and protect vulnerable children has been found seriously lacking.
A months-long review by the federal Children’s Bureau showed that North Carolina’s foster care system failed to meet standards in any of the seven outcome metrics, including children being protected from abuse or neglect. In a separate audit conducted by the Public Consulting Group, North Carolina’s foster care system was found to be lacking in adequate funding, proper training of child social workers, and adequate state authority to address problems at the social level. They also have an increased number of caseloads per worker and have high staff turnover. At a meeting of the House Committee on Children, Youth, and Families on Thursday, June 9, Department of Health and Human Services’ Kevin Kelly said the state has to craft a program-improvement plan in order to keep receiving federal financial assistance.
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