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WIS GM: One child is one too many in DSS investigation

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The following Perspective is an expression of opinion by the Editorial Board at WIS, and presented by General Manager Donita Todd.

Children are the most vulnerable of our society, completely at the mercy of actions and judgments made by the adults who care for them. When children are at risk, society is supposed to step in and protect them.  Unfortunately, agencies set up to do just that may not be doing all they could to prevent child negligence and abuse-related deaths in our state.

Legislative oversight hearings are underway to investigate problems in our Department of Social Services and foster care systems citing the high number of children who have died while in the system. The recent death of a 5-month old child in the system has raised even more concerns about how the agency serves these children, prompting one critic to ask "How many more children have to die?" 

At least three agencies are now investigating this death, and criminal charges have been filed in the case.

DSS and Director Lillian Koller have been under fire for failing to adequately supervise other cases, prompting several senators to call for the director's resignation. We encourage legislators to ask the tough questions in these hearings, hold people accountable, and advocate strongly for the protection of those who are unable to advocate for themselves.

That's my Perspective.  Let me hear from you.

Write to Perspective at P.O. Box 367, Columbia, SC 29202, or send an email.

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