Missouri officials this morning recognized Greene County reaching higher standards in the fight against child abuse. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports.
Rounds of applause welcomed Governor Matt Blunt as he announced that the Children’s Division in the Greene County Department of Social Services now has federal accreditation.
Deborah Scott is the director of the Department of Social Services.
She says the department has been working on gaining accreditation since 2004.
“Being accredited certainly doesn’t mean that we are perfect, but it does mean that we have taken seriously our commitment to protect children. And that we have looked hard at how we’re doing that work and how we can improve that work, and we’re going to continue to do that. This is such important work that we do,” Scott said.
Scott says the department met over 800 criteria focusing on adoption services, child protection services and family-centered casework.
Governor Blunt says there are only five states that are fully accredited and Missouri is now one step closer to joining those states.
“This seal of approval really does demonstrate that the dedicated employees here in Greene County offices are doing an outstanding job of serving Missouri’s children,” Blunt said.
Social Services officials say they hope by next year Missouri will be the sixth state that meets all the accreditation standards on the state level.
For KSMU News, I’m Kristian Kriner.