Guam – “There’s nothing more important that keeping our children safe. These funds help to equip those who are on the front lines of our fight against abuse,” says Senator Regine Biscoe Lee as she announces that Child Protective Services (CPS) will be receiving funds for hiring additional manpower.
According to Lee, $300,000 was appropriated from Qualifying Certificate (QC) contributions received by the Guam Economic Development Authority to CPS for fiscal year 2019.
The funds were appropriated to CPS for the purpose of hiring additional social workers to manage current caseloads. This marks the first local investment in CPS in years.
The appropriation means that CPS could hire up to five new caseworkers.
Lee said, “According to the Act, the money must be transferred from GEDA to DOA within five days of receipt of any portion or portions received by the agency. DOA must then deposit the money into the Healthy Futures Fund, which is appropriated to the Department of Public Health and Social Services for the sole purpose of hiring additional CPS social workers, funding training and supplies, or for the CPS division and program overall.”
Lee added, “As of May 30, 2019, GEDA transferred $200,000 in QC contributions to DOA and were consequently deposited into the Healthy Futures Fund for CPS to use. An additional $100,000 in community contributions is expected under the law.”