Social workers report dramatic increase in child abuse and neglect referrals in Southeast Alaska

JUNEAU — Social workers' caseloads for child neglect and abuse are dramatically increasing in Southeast Alaska and, apparently, statewide, according to the head of a regional service provider.

Threats to state children's service workers are also increasing.

Erin Walker-Tolles, executive director of Catholic Community Service in Juneau, testified before the House Finance Committee this month. She asked for more funding to deal with a 59 percent increase in referrals to her nonprofit's...

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