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State completes review of Union, Gaston child welfare cases

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has completed its review of the child welfare case records in Union and Gaston counties.

The review was called for after a Union County Department of Social Services Supervisor, Wanda Sue Larson, was arrested on child abuse charges after a young boy was found chained to her front porch with a dead chicken around his neck.

The reports site several problems found in the two counties during the review, including a "high turnover among leaders in the agency," the lack of a child welfare case tracking system, and lack of documentation of supervisory conferences with social workers.

Wayne Black, Director, DHHS' Division of Social Services said, "DHHS staff conducted a thorough review of the Union and Gaston County DSS Child Welfare Services.  Both reports highlight several areas that need improvement and reveal deficiencies the counties must address.  DHHS takes the safety and well-being of every child very seriously.  As a state-supervised, county-administered system, DHHS will work with Union and Gaston counties to ensure the deficiencies are addressed and improvements occur." 

Click here to read the entire Union County report.

Click here to read the entire Gaston County report.

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