Missouri Department of Social Services
“We felt completely helpless,” says mother Tiffany Adams.
Missouri has a backlog of about 22,000 parents and children waiting to learn whether they will be covered by Medicaid.
Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday that Alan Freeman, director of the Missouri Department of Social Services, has stepped down.
“We found $300,000 in costs where children have left the program completely. That sounds fraudulent to me.”
Police Sgt. Roy Simmons tells KMOX that when police got there, they immediately began looking for the parents.
Lawmakers cut state funding for Early Head Start programs nearly in half, from $5.67 million to $2.65 million.
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The current law only requires people who care for children in an official capacity, such as teachers or medical professionals, to report suspected or witnessed abuse to the state Department of Social Services or a superior.
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Missouri, like Pennsylvania, has no requirement in its law that university employees promptly notify child-protection services if they witness abuse or rape of a child on university property.