Gaston County DSS changes leaves some foster families unhappy
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GASTONIA – Several Gaston County foster families are not happy with recent DSS changes.
Gaston County Department of Social Services Director Keith Moon said he is reassigning and moving employees within the community and family services division. That means dozens of foster families will have new case workers.
Moon said his staff is spending the week informing families of the changes.
“We appointed a new supervisor for our adoptions unit and selected four people to be adoption and foster care license workers,” said Moon.
The changes come just weeks after Gaston County commissioners pledged their support for a foster family whose child was relocated to another foster home with allegedly little to no explanation. Moon said the changes were not in direct response to the case. However, it was a result of the concerns that were raised at that time.
Gaston County Foster Parent Association President Bob Beavers said he is concerned what effect the changes will have on children.
“Basically they're taking away our social workers. They're the ones that know us and the children and our cases and replace them with an unknown,” said Beavers.
Beaver said the new social workers are inexperienced and lack a relationship with foster families.