Kentucky moves to fire six social service workers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State officials plan to fire six social service workers in the wake of an investigation into misconduct in Kentucky's foster care system in the Elizabethtown area.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services cited poor work performance, inappropriate conduct and falsification of records as the reason for the action.

An inspector general's report released earlier this year identified a culture in the Elizabethtown office that thrived on the power of controlling families by removing children from their biological parents and terminating their parental rights. Investigators said supervisors there were allowed to accept, reject or alter established procedures at will.

A grand jury cleared the workers of any criminal wrongdoing last month but expressed frustration at the state's lack of "any serious disciplinary action" against the employees.

"We found it both disturbing and shocking that these few employees were able to act in such a manner toward the families involved, as well as toward the court system, without any significant disciplinary measures being taken," the grand jury said.

Community Based Services Commissioner Mark A. Washington said in a statement Friday that disciplinary actions in the case were necessary.

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

AP-NY-09-08-07 0600EDT


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  • by RACHEL Location: BOONE COUNTY on Feb 21, 2009 at 12:18 AM
    MY CHILDREN HAS BEEN PLACED UP FOR ADOPTION AFTER MY WORKER HAS DONE EVERYTHING IN HER POWER TO MAKE HAPPEN. LIED ABOUT COURT DATES ,VISITS,AND WOULDNT EVEN TALK WITH ME I COMPLETED A PARENT PLAN DID ALL SHE ASKED AND STILL LOOSING MY GIRLS MY WORKER SHOULD BE FIRED SHE IS ALSO DOING THE SAME TO TEN OTHER FAMILIES HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN THIS IS TERRIBLE MY CHILDREN ARE SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACKS OF THE SYSTEM BECAUSE OF ONE PERSONS LIE S
  • by Ann Location: Warren Co., Ky on Jan 31, 2009 at 09:38 PM
    I don't believe we have any social workers that care or even check out a complaint about the welfare of children or the elderly. I've called several times with reports & never one time has a worker come to check. It's very nice to draw a pay check & never leave the office, if you do, go shopping or to eat, then they won't have to do any paperwork. I, personally think the most of them needs replacing.
  • by tawynia Location: hindman ky on Sep 24, 2007 at 10:09 PM
    i had a case in ohio,they took my children a way,and i was told by ky worker,that all my family need it was cousling,but they was removed in 1996,and i had 4 then,but i have one now,if i can raise him,i should have my other children back,this was in middletown ohio,and still my children are gone,and was put in 4 diffent homes.i would like to have them back
  • by Darlene Location: LESLIE co. Ky on Sep 10, 2007 at 02:12 PM
    Leslie co. ky needs to be throughly investigated, there aare workers here that think their position makes them god almighty, they falseify documents, and any thing to tear families apart, there are supposingly several lawsuits in this co. pending due to beasts of social service workers that know their word comes first in court, what can we do to stop this?
  • by Connie Location: Frankfort on Sep 9, 2007 at 06:02 AM
    Darlene, I would contact Mr. Mark A. Washington and tell him what is going on. Also contact the Inspector General's Office, your representatives, and senators. Make so much noise that someone has to listen! It's seems to be the only way to get CFC to listen! I'm glad that they are finally taking action against some of these social workers. Next, they need to investigate the Owen County office, because the same type of abuse is occurring there!
  • by Tracy Location: Lexington area on Sep 8, 2007 at 04:00 PM
    As one who has trained in social work, I say good!!! It's about time that the state cleans house on the local level. The department has or has taken way too much power and liberties with families, and they need to be held accountable. I am not talking about the legitimate cases for there are plenty of those and children need to be protected. I am talking about the harrassment that comes out of some of these departments...and it's not just E-town.I know a few social workers that feel the same way. In fact some have quit the department because of this behavior. Darlene, keep trying the ombudsman and Frankfort...esp since it sounds like you are trying to go around the local cabinet. Good luck!
  • by jane Location: KY on Sep 8, 2007 at 12:58 PM
    I believe other counties should be investigated. I know of a case where the child had an accident and the social worker is still pressing even though the medical exams show nothing!! I think that so many children have fallen through the cracks in Ky that they are making examples out of the next ones coming through. The social workers are trying to pull their names out of the mud and it's too late. For the past year this social worker has held this chid and their parents lives in their hands. While this worker is pushing this wrong issue,there is another child in desperate need wondering where their help is and while they are taking their last breath,I hope the social worker who closed it's little case because it was too far to drive out there,feels it's pain.
  • by Darlene Location: KY on Sep 8, 2007 at 06:31 AM
    Someone PLEASE tell me where to start one this one. I have a case and have called the ombudsman, and Frankfort Social Services and STILL NOTHING! I believe a child is in danger and they removed her for a small issue compared to what she is living in now. The social worker made a bogus report to have her removed!

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