CFSA RIF Leaves 115 Without Jobs

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    Tom Sherwood, NBCWashington.com

    D.C. laid off  115 Child and Family Services employees today as part of a budget and realignment plan for the agency that deals with troubled families.

    Only 13 of the 115 workers were social workers. The rest were support staff.

    115 Workers Fired at DC Office of Child Services

    [DC] 115 Workers Fired at DC Office of Child Services
    More than 100 workers at D.C.'s Office of Child and Family Services lost their jobs Thursday. Some city leaders say budget problems could force hundreds more cuts in many city agencies.

    Caseloads have dropped significantly and the larger workforce was not needed, according to the city.

    CFSA made news in January 2008 when Banita Jacks's four dead children were found decomposing in her home. They had been lost in social service records.

    The city has streamlined the work rules, and caseloads are at or below national standards.

    The workers' union, AFSCME 2401, will fight the layoffs, officials said. Workers rallied outside the office at Sixth and D streets in Southwest to protest the layoffs Thursday.

    There are about 890 CFSA employees.