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NYS Troubled By City Admin. For Children's Services Hiring Wrong People

August 22, 2018 - 5:29 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The New York state Office of Children and Family Services said Wednesday that an assault on a 6-year-old in the city earlier this month is an example of a disturbing trend of the city hiring the wrong people to care for children.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reported, a convicted murderer was allowed to care for the boy. Jacques Edwards, 55, was still on parole after serving nearly 30 years in prison when he was hired by the Administration for Children’s Services to help care for kids. ACS officials did not know that at the time.

The state now says he was hired because ACS didn’t screen job applicants in the proper way – therefore breaking the law.

A letter written by acting state Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Sheila Poole to ACS Commissioner David Hansell said people applying to jobs with ACS weren’t checked against a list of people with a history of abuse or neglect – such as Edwards.

Edwards now stands accused of throwing the 6-year-old boy into a filing cabinet.

An ACS spokeswoman told the New York Post in part that the agency is taking everything very seriously. It launched an internal review two weeks ago and made background checks stronger last year.

The Office of Children and Families also demanded that a performance improvement plan be submitted by Aug. 21. That plan was submitted, Rosenberg is told.