PETERSBURG-AK The Petersburg City Council will be urging the state to keep at least one full-time children’s social worker in town. The issue was on this week’s council agenda, following news that the state may be moving its Office of Children’s Services jobs to Juneau. The two-person office in Petersburg covers child abuse and neglect cases in the Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake area.
Local police, mental health clinicians, educators, foster parents and others told the council Tuesday that the lack of a social worker would have major impacts in Petersburg and the other communities. They encouraged the mayor and council to take action on the issue and as Matt Lichtenstein reports, they did not have to do much convincing.
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