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Average caseload for CPS workers drops to below recommended max

The average caseload for an investigator with Child Protective Services in Erie County has dropped below the state-recommended maximum of 15 cases per worker for the first time in three years, county officials announced Monday.

Two-thirds of Child Protective Services’ employees have 15 cases or fewer, while 95 percent of workers have 25 cases or less, according to a news release issued by County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s office.

Poloncarz’s office was citing a report from the county’s Department of Social Services for the month of August. The last time the average caseload was below 15 was September 2013, the news release said.

In June, the average caseload was about 20, though that figure had fallen from a high of more than 50 cases per employee.

In 2014, the county hired about three dozen additional caseworkers after a series of high-profile deaths of children.

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