Social workers talk strides, challenges

Though the Scotland County Department of Social Services social work program measures success by the decline in the number of county children in foster care in recent years, the challenges facing its staff continue to evolve.


Scotland County officials and social services workers met on Tuesday with U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson at Cynthia’s Place, a family visitation space behind DSS built with local money in 1996 and dedicated to the memory of county social worker Cynthia Ficklin Wentz.


Hudson also met with children’s services departments in Richmond and Robeson counties on Tuesday to discuss those programs’ utilization of federal resources in the future.


In Scotland County, the number of children in foster care has fallen from a peak of 83 in 2011 to a range of 30 to 35 at any given time, and the workloads of individual county caseworkers have fallen below the state-recommended level of 12.


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