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The state agency charged with protecting children from abuse has neglected its own policies in thousands of cases, according to a new audit, heightening concerns among child welfare advocates who fear the Department of Children and Family Services has been stretched too thin to fulfill its function.

The audit, released Monday by the Legislative Auditor’s Office, offered a rare window into a tight-lipped agency that has suffered a series of budget cuts in recent years and has been the target of frequent criticism in the wake of high-profile child deaths.

Years of tax cuts, budget cuts, and staff cuts have led to a level of dysfunction in Louisiana state government that puts the lives of its most vulnerable citizens at risk. This is the predictable result of an ideology that insists, contrary to all evidence, that the government governs best that governs least.

In one instance, officials needed 117 days to respond to a case of a father who sexually molested his son after previously being accused of raping his daughter. The department attributed the sluggish response to a failure to reassign the case after a worker resigned.

“This should scare everybody,” said Joy Bruce, executive director of CASA New Orleans, an advocacy group for abused children, adding that the audit’s findings were not surprising given the level of resources the state allocates to child protection services.

“People shouldn’t be calling for somebody’s head,” she said. “They should be calling for a sea change in how we prioritize children.”

Since Bobby Jindal took office, Louisiana has increased by $1.5 billion the amount of tax incentives used to lure business to the state. That’s nearly five percent of the entire annual budget. The state spends $200 million a year just on a tax credit for TV and movie producers. How many child protection case workers could that money pay for?

But then, as any Republican will tell you, abused children don’t create jobs.

Originally posted to UncommonSense on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 06:37 AM PDT.

Also republished by Louisiana Kossacks.

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  •  A great many of my friends are working (2+ / 0-)
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    Louisiana 1976, cjtjc

    --and raising their healthy, loved children--because of the film production tax credit.

    If you're looking for something to point to as the source of revenue problem, look to the guv himself, who has refused to okay ANY increase of ANY tax, so that he can be golden to 'Pubs in the '16 primaries (spoiler alert: not a chance).

    The film/music production tax credits have been an incredible boon to our state and thousands of workers. Please do not blame them for Jindal's tax virgin fixation.

    Despite this objection, rec'd.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 07:28:55 AM PDT

  •  You want to have business in your state, you need (2+ / 0-)
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    Louisiana 1976, Paragryne

    infrastructure first, as well as a workforce that that is educated and healthy.

    The reason Indiana is able to suck on the teat of Illinois and steal some of its companies is because of that reason--the Region is close enough to Chicago that there is reciprocal workforce and infrastructure. Indiana's tax structure makes it more attractive than Cook County.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 07:31:07 AM PDT

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