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Broome County DSS and Binghamton City School District Announce Partnership

Broome County DSS and Binghamton City School District Announce Partnership

 

(BINGHAMTON, NY) The Broome County Department of Social Services is partnering with the Binghamton City School District for a new program where caseworkers will be placed in elementary schools to assist families. Binghamton is the first school district in Broome County to take on this initiative.

 

“We are excited to begin this partnership with the Binghamton City School District. This enables caseworkers to be immediately accessible to children and families in the Binghamton school community,” said Jason Garnar, Broome County Executive.

 

The Broome County Legislature approved the resolution at its July meeting.

 

“We’re thankful to the County Executive and the Department of Social Services for their willingness to explore other ways to support our families,” Binghamton City School District Superintendent Dr. Tonia Thompson said. “This will be a preventative measure that will provide support and assistance for families who are at risk and help build safe, nurturing environments for the children in our district.”

 

This partnership saves both the Broome County Department of Social Services and the school district over $100,000. The positions will begin September 1, 2017 and are funded through August 2018.

 

Caseworkers will work as a Family Liaisons. These employees will be based inside the elementary schools within the Binghamton City School District and will perform intake and case management for preventive and protective cases.

 

“This project brings together partners that are best served when collaborating for children and families.  This new opportunity will achieve the goal of beginning work with families early on and with a strength based approach,” said Don Bowersox, Acting Commissioner of the Broome County Department of Social Services.

 

Bowersox stated thus far 21 DSS staff have expressed interest in applying for the positions.

 

Some of the specific duties of the caseworkers include providing in-home support and assistance to families of children who have poor attendance and thus are at risk of not meeting grade-level expectations. In addition, helping families resolve crises that threaten home stability and working with parents to establish a safe, stable, nurturing environment for their children. Also, caseworkers will provide oversight to children during investigations conducted through Child Protective Services.

 

 

County Executive Garnar has stated that other school districts in Broome County have already expressed interest in partnering with the County Department of Social Services for caseworker positions in their schools.

08/03/2017 - 2:57pm