D.C. child welfare agency announces layoffs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Child and Family Services Agency is laying off 10 workers to address budget shortfalls.

The Washington Post ( ) reports the agency announced the layoffs in a memo to staff. A spokeswoman for the agency, Mindy Good, did not say what positions were being cut. She says the cuts will not affect social workers' caseloads.

The agency's budget is decreasing from $270 million in the current fiscal year to $265 million in the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
Interim Director Debra Portia-Usher said in the memo that she did not expect additional staffing cuts.

The agency is more stable than in recent years, but remains troubled and is operating under the supervision of the federal courts.

In May 2010, more than 100 employees were laid off.

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