(Charlotte Observer) State officials may bring extra scrutiny to Mecklenburg County DSS in response to failures to protect children.
The N.C. Division of Social Services is considering conducting inspections more often in Mecklenburg, Director Sherry Bradsher told the Observer.
The state typically reviews the child welfare unit in each county every two years. A 2011 state review in Mecklenburg found nearly two dozen areas of deficiencies and glaring examples of substandard work.
In one case, a court returned a baby to a mother who had previously lost custody of 10 children, but the Department of Social Services had not assessed safety in the home.
“Would it be beneficial for Mecklenburg practices if they were reviewed by us more often? That could help,” Bradsher said. “It is something we are continuing to talk about.”
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