Child abuse cases taking a toll
Nancy Martinez: Express-News
The turnover for fiscal 2007, which ended Aug. 31, more than doubled the 36 percent of investigators who left the previous year, and CPS officials say it may have been the highest in the agency's history.
"The number of child deaths and severe abuse cases are difficult to deal with on a daily basis. It's heartbreaking when they do all they can do," said Robbie Callis, administrator over the local CPS investigation division. "Caseworkers are feeling the stress. They're carrying that home with them. They can't sleep at night."
Still, Bexar County is struggling more than other counties to retain investigators, and CPS officials said they don't know why.
"We all know what that leads to — higher caseloads," he said. "How many kids are out there ... being abused and neglected that we don't know about?"
CPS officials say many caseworkers quit in their first year of employment. CPS officials try to guide their expectations.