St. Louis Public Radio News
2:27 pm
Fri July 25, 2003

McCaskill Seeks Second Audit of Child Abuse Hotline

Kansas City, MO – Two and a half years after a scathing report, Missouri's child abuse hotline is about to fall under more scrutiny from State Auditor Claire McCaskill.

The auditor said today she was going to make sure that managers in the Division of Family Services have made changes recommended in the original report.

McCaskill said she thinks most of the problems with child welfare programs lies in a disconnect between management and field workers.

"And what we find so frequently is, Jefferson City is doing one thing and the field offices are doing something completely different. There has been such a lack of consistency and really good management. And that's really what we want to try to pound on here," she said.

McCaskill is asking the public to call her office with complaints about the child abuse hotline.

More than twice as many people call Missouri's hotline than in other states.