- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - Just four of 15 staff positions are filled in Portsmouth’s foster care and adoption services division.

The Virginian Pilot reports (https://bit.ly/1NeNExv ) that the remaining staff members in the division each manage 33 cases on average. That’s more than twice the recommended amount.

Carl Ayers, director of the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Division of Family Services, says it’s working with the city to address the vacancies and ensure the children are safe.

Betty Wade Coyle, executive director emeritus of Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads tells the newspaper that the “city is in crisis.” She says it’s a matter of time before “something horrible happens to a child in Portsmouth.”

Foster care workers respond after officials remove a child from home due to a report of abuse or neglect.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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