Caseworkers Get More Training after 4th Child Death in 9 Months

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Denver (AP) Denver Human Services will increase its training of its caseworkers after a fourth child in nine months died after a visit by the agency.

A caseworker visited the home of 3-year-old Joslyn Asberry three weeks before her death, but failed to interview all of the people in the home with child care responsibilties, KMGH-TV reported. Alexis Ortiz, 31, Joslyn's mother's boyfriend, faces first-degree
charges.

Joslyn suffered fatal injuries on Feb. 1.

Agency director Roxane White said she was making sure caseworkers and supervisors understand policies and procedures regardless of how large their caseloads are at the time.

White is leaving the agency April 15 to direct the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation. She said her leaving is unrelated to the deaths.

Two studies are looking into deaths of children after coming to the attention of child welfare agencies.


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