Alabama county welfare agency is unsafe for kids

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) -- A review by the Alabama Department of Human Resources concludes that children in Jackson County's welfare system aren't safe.

The Daily Sentinel of Scottsboro reports that Assistant Attorney General Sharon Fiquette revealed the findings during a public meeting this week in the northeast Alabama County.

State officials won't go into details since children are involved. But Fiquette says that the review determined children are being placed in unapproved homes, and that families aren't getting proper services.

She also says reports aren't being taken, and that cases are remaining open for months with little contact with families.

Current and former county welfare workers are disputing the claims. Recently retired director Sheenia Little denies that children are unsafe in the county.

The county currently has an interim welfare director.

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