A very special Shout Out demonstrating exemplary teamwork comes from Unit Supervisor Melinda Foy and goes out to Yaisa Perez-Castellanos, Teresa Wienke and Chris Currie. Through their efforts, the safety of children was ensured.
According to Melinda, Yaisa received a report on a family, one of several that had been received since the family moved to Arizona. In all the reports, there was no mention of any other children aside from the ones in DCS' report.
Teresa Wienke requested out-of-state records to check for any possible prior reports. Meanwhile, Yaisa Perez-Castellanos visited the home and some initial concerns, but none that would meet the safety thresholds.
After receiving new information showing prior history on the family, including an older sibling the parents had not disclosed, from the out-of-state records, a case staffing was completed with two supervisors and Yaisa. It was determined there was a pattern and another home visit would be necessary. Chris Currie and Yaisa visited the house again and it was determined that there was a case of neglect in the home.
Since then, the children have been removed from the home and their safety has been ensured.
In the words of Supervisor Melinda Foy, "I want to thank my team for working together at all levels from administrative support to case manager to the unit mentor. I know that we are overwhelmed at times but really wanted to let everyone know that good things happen when we work together as a team. Great work!!!"
Director Greg McKay had this to say about this great demonstration of teamwork, "What a terrific job…This one hits home for me a bit. I investigated many child homicides where the abuse and neglect did not originate in our community, but sadly, ended here. It's unfortunately not uncommon for abusers to leave other states to avoid accountability. And most often, it's too late before we learn of past incidents that could guide child safety decisions. Yaisa, Teresa, and Chris; thanks for saving a life. Melinda; thanks for recognizing true heroes."