Officials Want To Make Sure Their Social Workers Are Safe

By: Angela Sparkman
By: Angela Sparkman

Officials from one eastern Kentucky county are saying they want to make sure something like that doesn't happen in their community.

Magoffin county officials are using grant money to keep social workers from walking into a bad situation.

Social Worker Lisa Murray says she never knows what could happen when she goes on a home visit.

"You still don't know what you're going to walk." Murray said.

Murray says all 60 kids in social services from Magoffin County are there because their parents first abused drugs and then that led to child abuse or neglect.

"We need to stop the cycle of substance abuse and use," Bertie Salyer said.

Health department officials believe if they can stop the substance abuse, then they can stop the child abuse and neglect.

"We must prevent them from succumbing to some of the same problems and circumstances," Salyer said.

County leaders recently got a 70-thousand dollar state grant to fight child abuse related to drugs.

Health department officials plan to hold community meetings to discuss the best ways to use the money to combat the growing problem.

They believe if they can stop the substance abuse then they can save a family, or even a life.

If you would like to be a part of those public meetings you can call the magoffin county health department at 606-349-6212.

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