In a report issued on Friday, the Child Welfare League presented further evidence that the Richmond Department of Social Services is in dire need of competent leadership, as well as guidance in following policy, and responding to children's problems.
The report, over twenty pages long, listed a large number of problems, such as children in need of transplants being left off transplant lists because Richmond DSS had left the children in homes where care was inadequate, to siblings being separated, and even worse, children with severe medical problems not being given any medical care.
Tonya Vincent, an employee of the Richmond Police Department, but was given the task of taking over the failing RDSS while helping it to rebuild, said the cases mentioned were some of the very first to be looked at and handled.
Vincent went on to say the children's cases have been reviewed and the proper action taken where needed. She also stressed that the children were now safe.
The one positive thing to come out of the Child Welfare League's report was their suggestions on how to fix the various problems cited in the report. The report mentioned the correlation between the challenges being faced by RDSS and the need for competent, responsible, transparent leadership.
The biggest problems, other than lack of competent leadership, was the disregard for following policy, irresponsible use of funds and poor response to problems. If these problems aren't enough to open Mayor Dwight C. Jones' eyes to the mess the city has with the RDSS, then we are in big trouble.
Mayor Jones has sworn he would fix the problems with RDSS, and those problems have now been hung out on the clothesline for everyone to see. So, it's up to the mayor and City Council to get this mess fixed, and the sooner the better.