Proposed Nevada Child Welfare Cuts Criticized

Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid is digging in: Nevada can't have it both ways when it comes to child welfare.

On one hand, state officials want the county to shoulder responsibility for what could be millions of dollars in federal penalties should Clark County Family Services cause Nevada to fall short of child welfare improvement goals.

On the other hand, Gov. Jim Gibbons and his staff are looking at a $285 million cut in government spending, a reduction that might include a child welfare hit of more than $3 million.

That money is earmarked to pay for staff improvements the county needs to meet federal child welfare mandates.

Reid said the problem threatens to undo months of careful planning by county, state and federal child welfare officials who came together to fix a broken system of services.

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