State Loses Lawsuit, Pays Former Social Worker

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Because she would not ignore a half-dozen
allegations of abuse in a foster home, a state social worker was
fired. And because Pat Moore of Elsemere knew she was right, she
filed a lawsuit.

The state has paid $380,000 to settle the lawsuit filed by
Moore, who resisted urging to arrange an inappropriate adoption so
the state could get federal bonus money.

The lawsuit was filed in 2005 against the Cabinet for Health and
Family Services. Moore said her supervisors harassed and ultimately
fired her. She found that both foster parents she investigated had
criminal records. A son living in the home had been convicted of
multiple felonies, including drug convictions, and the foster
mother's brother was described in court documents as a pedophile.

Moore said in her suit that the cabinet was forcing an adoption
to keep its numbers high.

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