No Progress Is Being Made In The Foster System


Four months after the Governor declared an emergency in the Arkansas Foster System, we learned today that no progress is being made on some of the major problems.

Department of Human Services case workers and supervisors said they remain short on staff and space.

These were some of the reasons that Governor Asa Hutchinson pledged eight million dollars to hire 200 new employees over three years back in July.

Department of Human Services has only increased the number of case workers by 15.

According to a report released released by an independent reviewer over the summer there are 450 kids in state foster care and with only 280 beds available.

There are also nearly two dozen kids spending the night in the Department of Child and Family Services Offices because a bed could not be found.

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