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Agency troubled by shortages

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The Associated Press

SANTA FE — A state agency under fire for its handling of an abuse claim made by a child allegedly killed by his mother has a history of staff shortages.

A recent budget report released by the Legislative Finance Committee shows the vacancy rate for the Children, Youth and Families Department’s Protective Services Division was at 15 percent earlier this month.

That rate has remained relatively unchanged in recent years despite the hiring of over 300 social workers in just three years.


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