DSS http://wfae.org en State Finds Major Problems In Union County Child Welfare Program http://wfae.org/post/state-finds-major-problems-union-county-child-welfare-program <p><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201403/UnionCountyDSSReport.pdf?__utma=100058712.1547370290.1392859676.1394133631.1394142397.69&amp;__utmb=100058712.87.7.1394147071887&amp;__utmc=100058712&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=100058712.1394034070.59.4.utmcsr=charlotteobserver.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/2014/03/04/4741805/hickory-city-council-retreats.html&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=245862020" target="_blank">A state review</a> of the Union County Department of Human Services has found numerous failures in the agency's operations over the last three years.&nbsp; Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:15:17 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 46418 at http://wfae.org State Finds Major Problems In Union County Child Welfare Program Mayor Of Indian Trail Denied Foster Care License For Public Comments In Abuse Case http://wfae.org/post/mayor-indian-trail-denied-foster-care-license-public-comments-abuse-case <p>The mayor of Indian Trail and his wife won’t be allowed to care for a foster child, and the reason has nothing to do with whether they can do the job.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:44:55 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 42700 at http://wfae.org Mayor Of Indian Trail Denied Foster Care License For Public Comments In Abuse Case Grand Jury Indictment Shows History Of Child Abuse http://wfae.org/post/grand-jury-indictment-shows-history-child-abuse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We now know more about the charges of abuse against a Union County couple accused of handcuffing a boy to their front porch with a dead chicken around his neck.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">G</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rand jury indictments released Tuesday elaborate the history of abuse that authorities say the 11-year-old faced under the couple's guardianship.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:04:08 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 40837 at http://wfae.org Grand Jury Indictment Shows History Of Child Abuse Cabarrus Looks To Arm Social Workers With iPads http://wfae.org/post/cabarrus-looks-arm-social-workers-ipads <p>Social workers across the country are trading in their notepads for tablets. A handful of the state's counties have gone digital and now Cabarrus County is looking to join their ranks. &nbsp;</p><p>The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners is considering a proposal to give county social workers iPads so that they can quickly access case and client information from the field.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:08:40 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 40535 at http://wfae.org Cabarrus Looks To Arm Social Workers With iPads Union County DSS Fires Supervisor Accused Of Child Abuse http://wfae.org/post/union-county-dss-fires-supervisor-accused-child-abuse <p>Union County fired Wanda Larson on Friday, accusing the former supervisor with the Department of Social Services of “unacceptable personal conduct and grossly inefficient job performance.”</p><p>Larson, who headed a group of child-protection investigators for the agency, faces child abuse and other charges after an 11-year-old boy under her legal care was found chained to the porch of her rural home, a dead chicken tied around his neck.</p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 02:14:55 +0000 Michael Gordon and Adam Bell/Charlotte Observer 39807 at http://wfae.org Union County Faulted Over Handling Of Previous Child Abuse Complaint http://wfae.org/post/union-county-faulted-over-handling-previous-child-abuse-complaint-0 <p>The Union County Department of Social Services used a “bogus” interpretation of state law in dismissing a 2012 sheriff’s complaint against a top DSS official, a child-protection expert said Thursday.</p><p>The DSS supervisor, Wanda Larson, was arrested last week in connection with a new abuse case involving the same boy as in 2012.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:37:42 +0000 Michael Gordon and Adam Bell/Charlotte Observer 39758 at http://wfae.org Mecklenburg Residents May See Delays In Getting Food Stamps http://wfae.org/post/mecklenburg-residents-may-see-delays-getting-food-stamps <p>Mecklenburg County residents who receive food stamps may experience some delays in getting that assistance over the next several months.&nbsp; The county is transitioning to an online system called NC FAST that will make it easier in the long run to apply for all kinds of assistance through the state.&nbsp; But entering those applications will take extra time.&nbsp;</p><p>Rodney Adams with the county’s Department of Social Services says people should initially expect longer lines at DSS offices and in some cases delays in receiving food stamps.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:32:15 +0000 Lisa Miller 23368 at http://wfae.org DSS Director’s Firing Sticks http://wfae.org/post/dss-director-s-firing-sticks <p>County Manager Harry Jones has upheld the firing of Mary Wilson, who oversaw Mecklenburg County’s Department of Social Services.&nbsp; That comes after an employee panel heard Wilson’s appeal of her termination. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:38:23 +0000 Lisa Miller 14881 at http://wfae.org