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Senator Edwards Appointed as Co-chair of Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group

Working Group provides supervision and recommendations of the administration of State and regional social services programs

RALEIGH, N.C. – Sen. Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) announced his recent appointment as co-chair of the Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group by Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham).

In 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted Session Law 2017-41, also known as Rylan’s Law, to address gaps and flaws identified within the State’s child welfare system. The law established the Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group (SSWG) to develop recommendations specifically targeted to improve the State’s ability to supervise county social services offices through the development and use of regional state-level social services offices.

The Working Group has 18 members representing different groups and stakeholders, including legislators, DHHS, judiciary, county commissioners, social services directors, and social services attorneys.

“There are troubling gaps, flaws, and challenges in North Carolina’s child welfare system that are allowing too many vulnerable children and fragile families to fall through the cracks,” said Senator Edwards. “I’m elated that my introduction of S708, ‘A Law for Lyn’, and my recent challenges to the status quo of social services at the county and regional level have been recognized, which has led me to a leadership role where I can help make a difference for defenseless children.”

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