Reform of child agency pledged
The council held its hearing after Mayor Adrian M. Fenty fired six CFSA workers who officials said “touched” the Jacks case. Sources said the employees were two social workers, two hot line operators, a program manager in Child Protective Services and the CPS administrator.
Officials said yesterday that Miss Bobo recommended the firings and that Mr. Fenty, a Democrat, made the final decision.
Miss Bobo also noted that one of the employees, a hot line worker, erred by not providing an agency investigator with enough details about Miss Lopes‘ call, including the fact that Miss Lopes said Miss Jacks was holding Brittany “hostage.”
The hot line worker provided a summary of the call but did not provide key words, Miss Bobo said.
The firings have sparked concern among other agency workers, however. Interagency e-mails obtained by The Washington Times contain pleas from employees urging their colleagues to protest the firings. One e-mail said some of the fired employees “were the very employees recruited to make CFSA better — and they did!”
“The last person the city needs protected from is a social worker,” the e-mail said.
Meanwhile, D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Rufus G. King III pledged to conduct a review of breakdowns when a charter school attendance counselor sent a referral to the Court Social Services Division regarding Miss Jacks’ eldest daughter because of her extensive school absences.
“Clearly, neither court procedures and safeguards, nor the conduct in this case, was adequate,” Judge King said.