- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina’s Department of Social Services provided The Associated Press with spreadsheets on active child welfare cases for specific days starting in 2011. The lists did not identify employees by name, but gave their individual worker identification numbers, enabling comparisons. Those listed provided three types of child welfare services: assessing whether abuse or neglect likely occurred; family preservation services that include face-to-face visits and referrals; and foster care. The following was taken from what DSS calls “point-in-time snapshots”:

-June 30, 2011 - 793 workers statewide were assigned, on average, 24 children. 73 workers were responsible for between 50 and 100 children. One in Anderson County was responsible for 109.

-June 30, 2012 - 683 workers were assigned, on average, 24 children. 84 workers were responsible for between 50 and 100 children. Six were responsible for more. In Greenville County, one was handling 103 children and another 152. In Lexington County, individual caseworkers were responsible for 140, 162, 173, and 215 children.

-June 30, 2013 - 670 workers were assigned, on average, 22 children. 52 workers were responsible for 50 to 100 children. One Spartanburg County worker was overseeing 102 children. One in Florence County had 107.

-May 21, 2014(asterisk) - 705 workers were assigned, on average, 27 children. 114 workers were responsible for 50 to 100 children. In Lexington County, one worker was responsible for 103 children, another for 106. One York County worker had 101.

(asterisk)Spreadsheets provided by DSS for later dates in 2014 were not in the same format to allow comparisons.

Source: South Carolina Department of Social Services

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