Hardin County Social Workers Face Disciplinary Action

The state places five Hardin County-based social workers on paid leave and two others are put on notice facing major disciplinary action.

An investigation by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services found that the Hardin County-based social workers lied in court, altered documents and mocked parents as they removed children from families.

The investigation began after two Louisville-based child advocacy groups revealed problems.

Earlier in August, a Hardin County grand jury declined to indict the social worker.

Cabinet Spokeswoman Vikki Franklin would not name the seven workers and said that the disciplinary action was a personnel matter.

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  • by F.C. Location: Leitchfield on Aug 24, 2007 at 06:08 PM
    I always assumed social workers were there to help keep the family together. However, sometimes instead of helping people by referring them to an organization that could help them get water in the home or other nessessities, Social Workers remove the children and put a Judge in the cituation of ordering the children be removed from the home until they can be assured the children are not being neglected instead of the family having financial difficulty. During that time the children suffer. Imagine loosing your children because of financial instability. Crack down on drugs not children.
  • by David Location: Allen County on Aug 23, 2007 at 08:29 PM
    Living here in allen county, and having been subjected to the scrutiny of Social Services myself, I am appalled at the idea of no civil or legal action being taken against the workers. My wife and I both were subjected to what seemed to be outright contempt from our "social workers" and it was "all in the interest of our child." The fact that five of those workers are on paid leave is outrageous!!! Social workers do provide a valuable service to the community when they are doing their job in good faith. But, having said that, under any circumstances the removal of children from a home is extremely stressful and damaging to the family. The public has absolutely no recourse other than to "file a complaint" because state law wraps these workers in an iron clad protective cocoon as long,(and I quote,) "duties are performed in good faith." And yet, apparently, Hardin county thinks that even when people that have the power to DESTROY lives act inappropriately, they should suffer no ill. Why
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