Social Workers Suspended; Investigation Inappropriate Child Removals

The state has placed five Hardin County-based social workers on paid leave for 60 days, and two others have been put on notice they face major disciplinary action.
The actions result from an investigation by the inspector general for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The probe found that Hardin-based social workers lied in court, altered documents and mocked parents as they removed children from families.

The investigation began after two Louisville-based child advocacy groups revealed problems with inappropriate child removals
and state adoptions.

A Hardin grand jury declined to indict the social workers earlier this month, but criticized the cabinet for letting the workers involved in the problems to remain on the job.

Cabinet spokeswoman Vikki Franklin would not name the seven
workers, saying that the disciplinary action was a personnel
matter. She would not say why two were allowed to stay on the job
or whether any of the workers was a supervisor.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by jan Location: Kentucky on Aug 30, 2007 at 08:54 PM
    I believe there are good social workers trying to help people. I myself am poor and soon to be a social worker this December. It takes a special kind of person to do social work. I am a foster parent of one child who now is fifteen years old, and it has been hard on him not seeing his parents due to their drug problems. I want to help people not hurt them with words of kindness, not act like I am better because we are just people and some just need more understanding and help in this life.
  • by People Of Courage Location: Kentucky on Aug 25, 2007 at 08:56 AM
    I made a comment here and it was not posted I am just wondering why, I worked hard on it and was being truthful everything that I said I can prove!
  • by People of Courage Location: Kentucky on Aug 25, 2007 at 07:06 AM
    Here you go a former social worker that was removed because I refused to act like I was better than my clients, which I was not raised to do. I wouldn't willingly hurt them and lie on them and I asked for change from the inside. I am glad now that it didn't work out for long. I don't feel sorry for anyone working in this system, in order for them to stay they have to become crass and "holier" then thou, tell lies, or suck up to the system bosses hence approve of it. This system isn't helpful it is harmful, nothing more then a psychiatric drug emporium! This system hurts everyone that it touches, all except those that are making the real dollars off of it the so called court> mental health> and social workers who get paid by it for so called "treating" these people, and the psychiatric drug companies. Do you think it is ever going to help little children to terrorize them? To destroy their lives, make them cry to want to go home, and then drug them so you can hold them hostage?
  • by Children Location: Central KY on Aug 24, 2007 at 04:03 PM
    The entire system from the top to the bottom of the cabinet and look very closely in ALL counties because it is happening everywhere. Just to many people are quite because of the same reason people speak out because of kids
  • by Evelyn Location: Lexington on Aug 24, 2007 at 03:10 PM
    I agree with JD, as a foster parent, I have had SS that would go beyound the call of duty to try to help a family stay together. I have also had workers that were working until something better came along. Usually these are the ones straight out of school and no children of there own. If anyone walked in the shoes of a SS they would soon find out that it takes a special person to be able to do what they do and not sometimes loose your cool with the system giving the kids back to parents who still don't have a clue how to raise kids and only want them for the 'check'. JD give your wife a big hug tonight and let her know that some of us appreciate what she does.
  • by John Location: Winchester on Aug 24, 2007 at 11:48 AM
    They should investigate the social workers in Bourbon County for doing nothing to protect children.
  • by JD Location: south ky on Aug 24, 2007 at 10:33 AM
    My wife is a social worker with a master's degree. She gets fed up with the system just like everybody else but she still keeps working for the state because she cares about the children on her case load. I don't condone the social workers in question and their behavior. At the same time, I don't lump all state social workers in the accused social worker's category. There are good social workers out there fighting the good fight for children....many times at the expense of their own family obligations. I've told my wife to look for another job where she can get paid what she deserves and get the respect that she's earned but she feels like she is doing some good where she is. State social work is a thankless job with a laughable salary. I'd love to see some of the negative comment people try to work as a social worker for a week or so.
  • by CONNIE Location: FRANKFORT on Aug 24, 2007 at 05:06 AM
    I'm from a small county where the social workers are like these SW. They get to pick and choose who they harass. Some of parents do need to have their children taken from them, but at the same time the SW need to be consistent in their decisions. Some of them are smart alecks, thinking they know best, when in reality all they have is a college degree and no children of their own. I agree they are not properly trained in dealing with people. However, most of the problems occur because of their own attitudes towards the poor. Some of the SW think that poor people shouldn't have children period! The whole system stinks! Some people get help while others are punished for being poor. How many children have they taken from the poor to give to the rich and/or middle class. Poor people can take care of their children too given the chance. The inspector general should check out Owen County and fast! That office treats people like crap, talking down to people instead of helping them.
  • by Lynn Location: ky on Aug 23, 2007 at 08:08 PM
    I'm suprised that these workers where even found out about and the wrong they have done I can't see or understand how a person can walk into any ones house and tell them they are not taking care of there kids and as go as far as lying on someone and removing there children do these people not realize they are hurting everyone not just the parent and tell me how they go home and lay down at night i know first hand how they are they lied on me and removed my child and for many years now i havent got to see my child its been one fight after another. I hope these workers get some kind of pushiment that will cause them pain and they need to feel the worst kind of embarssment possible.
  • by dj Location: KY on Aug 23, 2007 at 03:57 PM
    SS supervisor was also escorted out of bldg in Logan County yesterday for much of the same reasons. Maybe state is finally investigating. Wish more was done in south central KY.
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