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Union rep raises ‘conflict’ concerns; Foster care system at issue

The changes have also caused a situation in which a child is now in emergency placement, which is more expensive than regular placement, because Berkshire Farms is limited in the kinds of cases it accepts. The child has been accepted to a home, but the home could not follow through because its contract was not renewed.

Asked if she thought the changes Parker has instituted could result in savings for the county, Shaddock said that the prices for these services are set by the state, and the state requires that counties pay at least 100% of that price. For this and other reasons, she said she did not see how these changes could save the county any money.

She said the changes Parker instituted were not good for the children in the program, and not good for the employees.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is reportedly investigating this matter; the agency did not return calls seeking comment.

Parker did not respond to requests for comment.