Shatz is responding to emails sent to Norton’s account while commissioners look to hire a joint director with Rio Blanco County. The county has not identified the caseworker who is under investigation, calling it a “personnel matter.”
Ten other counties in Colorado have human services directors that oversee two counties, including Grand and Jackson, Ouray and San Miguel, and La Plata and San Juan, according to state child welfare officials.
Several other counties share staff. In the San Luis Valley, counties share workers who recruit and certify foster families, for example. And in some cases, counties will “borrow” a caseworker from another county to avoid conflict of interest, such as when a relative of a caseworker is accused of abuse or neglect.
The Moffat County Human Services Department, which oversees child welfare and adult protective services, has struggled with high staff turnover for several years. So many caseworkers and supervisors have left in the past few years that at one point in 2019, the child welfare division had about 100 overdue assessments of abuse and neglect cases spanning more than a year, according to state documents.
But Duzik, who is still fighting to keep her grandchildren, said it’s a cop-out to blame the department’s troubles solely on caseload.
“There’s no oversight,” she said. “They got to the point where they really felt like they can do whatever they want.”
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