Erie County Legislature Approves CPS Jobs

6:45 PM, Sep 26, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY-- The Erie County Legislature has approved adding new jobs at Erie County Child Protective services. 

The legislature voted to approve 10 positions (seven caseworkers and three managers).

This comes after the state announced that it's reviewing how things work at CPS, following the death of five-year-old Eain Brooks.

Minority republicans in the legislature attempted, without success,  to amend the bill, so that all ten new hires would be actual case workers dealing directly with investigating abuse and neglect claims.

The plan to increase the number fo CPS workers had actually been drafted by the administration of County Executive Poloncarz prior to the death of the child

Matthew Kuzdzal, 26, has been charged with second degree murder after police say Brooks died from head trauma.

The state's review of CPS will touch on three areas.

First, they are launching an immediate safety assessment on all open CPS cases to make sure proper protections are in place to make sure all affected children are safe.

Second, they will look at 200 prior cases to make sure proper procedure was followed.

Third, the state has suspended the county's use of the Family Assessment Response, an alternative program that engages families in an assessment of child safety and family needs.


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