Program Hopes To Detect Child Abuse And Neglect Earlier
IS Y TKKKY I'OI'K
Detecting child abuse or neglect
isn't always an easy job lor social
workers in lival child protective ser
\ ices units.
Brunswick County is no excep
"We eel over 4(1 calls a month in
that program," ? .
Vanned K the recent deaths of
\oine . luldieii in homes where abuse
;:.ui iy . -.irred in North Carolina, state
>i:iciaK arc also beefing up pro
Did Not Meet
Hie Brunswick County Board of
Health did not meet as scheduled
Monday night for lack ot a quorum.
Chainnan Bill Rubon said he noti
icd boaid mcmlvrs around 5 p.m.
Monday iliat a quo: .111 would not be
The meeting will not tv resched
ulcd. said Kahon.
Hie next regular meeting is set
for J.ui. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the
Brunswick County Health Depart
Answers 36 Calls
Calabash Volunteer E.M.S. rc
-jvnded t<- calls in November, in
cluding 22 in Calabash and three in
Chio! Mark Christy reported at
ihc Dec. 2 board of directors meet
ing that squad members worked 1-J2
hours and traveled 1 671 miles in
President Kathy Morfil said a
' iin%l drive is under way in the Sea
Frail and Sugar Sands area.
Secretary Marvn Hall said the
squaJ held .is annual Christmas par
ly Tuesday tor members, dispatch
?rs > cket shaV Ts and others at the
A collection ol Us>d and money
was taken lor the Brunswick County
Volunteer and Information Center
Christmas baskets at die party.
l-.u h .ills ja
pon of chili!
? in sv- or iK's' I oct
must he thi ?r -
parimi ;il oi So
. ial Scr ? ices
L- i;uiis aimed at detecting abuse eaili
Ko|x<rts often st;irt |x>uruii; into
the DSS oHiec once school begins in
1 1 10 tall, saul ()rnvk.
When children rolurn from a sum
inor visit ai imo parent's homo. I ho
abuse is olteti s|x>ilotl b\ tlio second
parent. Also, toaohors who aro with
chilli roil lor soNoral hours oaoh day
olten report what tho> belies e is po
Social workers must spend many
hours in\ estimating potential abuse
cases and screening out thoso that
aro not. Ilowovor. thoro in another
Nldo to tho ISSUO
Many reports aro otton tho result
ot family toiuls. or as James Mar
lowe. moo chairman ot tho DSS
board stated, "one parent tr> inj* to
create problems lor anothoi parent."
In Brunswick County, an estimat
ed 2l> to (vreont of child abuse ic
|\>rts aro screened out ami rejected,
or saul to bo unfounded, said ( )rroek.
O! those, he estimates 5() U? (>0
I vtvent were filed as a result of ar
guments in broken marriages and
t.iiiuly feuds. Hie state average lor
child abuse reports thai are sereened
out is ^2 pereenl. said Omvk.
" Hiev get coneemed it you screen
out more than the stale average." he
II the home environment isn't in
lurious to a child, ihen a case ol
abuse or neglect is often unfounded.
In (Xiober. 37 cases of child
abuse or neglect were reported to
Brunswick County's DSS. Of those.
II reports were not accepted while
three cases were referred to other
In September. >4 potential cases
were reported while 10 were
Brunswick County's DSS will re
ceive S<>3.(KX) in state grants this fis
cal year to l\>osi its child protective
It's part of the state and federal
twills tinkling down 10 local coun
ties in .111 effort In combat an in
crease m reported child abuse anil
Orrock plans to hire an additional
child services worker with the
S*S.I<*> mitialK allocated while the
department will receive another
s24.7.<7 in January. Another
^24 .(Hi) will be allocated every six
months to pay lor the position.
The grant is part of the S3. 2 mil
lion set aside by the state to combat
the increasing number of child abuse
or neglect cases that arc plaguing
count \ social services units.
Screenings help to detect false
claims or those based on little or no
evidence. Because a parent drinks
alcohol doesn't necessarily mean the
child is in danger and should be tak
en into custody lor foster care, said
"Thai's not something that we can
do an investigation on." he added.
Also, gotnl foster homes are not
easy to find. In Brunswick County, a
shortage of lostcr parents has
reached a crucial stage, with 29 chil
dren currently m need of and await
ing foster homes.
Orrock said his department is
constantly recruiting new homes for
children who are uiken into custody
in hojx-s of placing them in a more
Hie foster home shortage has also
become a national issue and not just
a local problem.
In September. I 5 children were
placed in foster care by DSS's chil
dren's services unit, said its supervi
sor Mary (Mcezic) Childs. The de
partment placed M children in foster
care hi < Xrtober
Sincc enough foster homes are
nol currently available, the children
are often placed with family mem
bers on a temporary basis, said
Orrock. which could become a hard
ship lor the volunteer family.
"We're not making payments on
those situations." he added.
The family that agrees to provide
a temporary foster home must also
agree to financially sup|K>rt the child
until a permanent home can be
"We're still required to supervise
those cases, as il they're cases lor
which a payment is made." said
ST M ? PmOT. ? 6" CK'Mi C GURf.AV S
Season Of Light
Ocean Isle lleuch properly ow ners held the second annual lighting o f their town Christmas tree along
the Ocean Isle cause nay Thanksgiving weekend. Stringing tin lights on the tree are (left) Carolyn
lily the and Judy llanna, while Mayor Hetty Williamson ( third from right) and Gladys Goldsmith (sec
ond Jrom right ) prepare for the ceremony. The tree was dedicated to the town in honor of Mrs.
Goldsmith and her contributions to the community.
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LOOKING FOR WORK?
Veterans Job Still Vacant
Brunswick County Manager
David Clegg said Monday he has
not appointed a new Brunswick
County Veteran Services officer, de
spite rumors in the community to the
County Personnel Director Siarie
Grisscti said the county received
207 applications for the job left va
cant when Jess Parker resigned and
moved to Washington in October.
"I have not put myself on a
timetable in hiring someone," said
He said it will lake time to review
the applications, conduct interviews
and name a replacement. The coun
ty's personnel policy gives the coun
ty manager authority to make the ap
Parker's longtime assistant, Julia
Hayes, who is not a veteran, was ap
pointed acting director and has ap
plied for the job.
Upon his leaving, Parker noted
that Ms. Hayes was "the logical one
to take over."
The Veteran Services officer is re
sponsible for advising armed forces
veterans and their dependents of
their rights and benefits and for de
termining their eligible benefits un
der state and local laws.
He or she also investigates veter
ans' status for eligibility for admit
tance to Veteran Administration hos
pitals and advises persons serving in
armed forces of their disability pro
visions and other procedures. Also,
the officer assists pensioned veter
ans and widows.
County veterans organizations
have lobbied Brunswick County
Commissioners, asking that a veter
an be appointed to the post.
However, according to Clegg, deny
ing non-veterans a chance to apply
would be discriminatory.
Applicants should have knowl
edge of stale and federal laws per
taining to veterans benefits, cxperi
? ence in administrative work and be a
high school graduate or have equiv
alent experience and training. The
job pays S23.444 per year.
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