Questioned Child Care Funding Within Department of Family Services Tops Millions

3 years 8 months 5 days ago November 21, 2012 Nov 21, 2012 Wednesday, November 21 2012 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 8:21:00 PM CST in News
By: Danielle Carter

COLUMBIA - Missing paperwork within the Department of Family Services has child care recipients concerned, and has led to the questioning of $64 million allocated for child care.

Amy Todd gets state aid to put her three children, ages four, two and one, all in daycare. She says on either two or three separate occasions, the department has lost paperwork containing her Social Security number.

"You write your Social Security number on a piece of paper, and slide it under the window to hand it to them. That made me nervous," Todd said. "That's a lot of Social Security numbers and lot of papers, a lot of little papers, floating around everywhere."

This is not the only paperwork the department has been accused of losing. A search of public documentation uncovered a 2011 audit of the Department of Social Services, for poor management of records. The audit cited "a lack of overall quality control for the Child Care Program."

The audit claims three factors contributed to the weakened control system.

1. No supervisory review of child care eligibility determinations. While there is a system for monthly reviews of eligibility determinations for other DSS programs, that system does not include the child care program.

2. The DSS does not perform on-site contract compliance reviews of the child care providers.

3. Also, the audit says, "Overall, management of the case records is poor." For fiscal year 2011, the DSS could not locate 6 out of 60 case files requested, and several other cases did not include proof to support the client's eligibility.

The question remains, how much money was involved?

According to similar errors noted in the most recent DSS Child Care program improper payment review, $64 million was improperly authorized, due largely to missing or inadequate documentation.

Upon showing Todd the documentation, her eyebrows raised and her jaw dropped in shock.

"This is wrong," Todd said, shaking her head. "Where is that money going? Just because I'm on welfare...I mean, I pay taxes too."

When asked, the media contact from the state auditor's office turned down an interview, claiming the information was "old" and he didn't have time. He later stated that all the information we needed was inside the audit.

In addition, the media contact spokesperson for the Department of Social Services did not return several calls, but eventually answered an email, saying she was unavailable for an interview.

 

More News

Grid
List
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An injured bald eagle got a little help from a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper. The... More >>
18 minutes ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:52:36 PM CDT in News
SHANNON COUNTY – A jury found a man guilty of murdering his wife in May 2014. He was also found... More >>
46 minutes ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:25:00 PM CDT in News
JOPLIN (AP) — Eagle Picher Technologies is laying off 135 workers in Joplin. Sean Parker, vice president of human... More >>
1 hour ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:00:35 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 News was waiting for confirmation from the Columbia Police Department that a suspect has been arrested... More >>
1 hour ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:36:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway is touting her experience as a former U.S. attorney in... More >>
2 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 4:16:44 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has rejected conspiracy allegations against Missouri State Highway Patrol commanders named in a... More >>
3 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 3:42:52 PM CDT in News
JOPLIN (AP) — A 53-year-old southwest Missouri man has been ordered to stand trial in the death of a 61-year-old... More >>
4 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 3:10:16 PM CDT in News
MOBERLY - After four straight days with water boil advisory warnings, Moberly residents could see a solution to their water... More >>
4 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 3:03:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a St. Louis woman with arranging the deaths of two 16-year-old boys who... More >>
4 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:39:16 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri election officials are predicting 31 percent of registered voters will cast ballots in next Tuesday's... More >>
4 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:31:02 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is seeking to rally support in Missouri, where he attended... More >>
4 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:25:11 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The executive director of the Missouri Veteran's Commission, Larry Kay, was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday. The... More >>
5 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:09:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia resident Beth Dixon and her team of volunteers finished preparing care bags for local law enforcement Thursday... More >>
5 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:39:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The owner of Columbia's Bocomo Bay retail store pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in conspiring to distribute... More >>
6 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:43:00 PM CDT in News
SCOTT CITY (AP) — A southeast Missouri man is facing charges after one of his stepchildren shot video that allegedly... More >>
10 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 8:44:05 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a woman was found dead inside a Kansas City apartment. Police... More >>
10 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 8:18:46 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Relatives of a man badly burned after his SUV was hit by a car being chased... More >>
11 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:44:46 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The owner of Sweetie Pie's restaurants in the St. Louis area is suing her son, alleging... More >>
11 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:32:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
8pm 76°
9pm 73°
10pm 76°
11pm 75°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
Running Wild with Bear Grylls
8:00p
Hollywood Game Night
9:00p
NBC News Special: 2016 Democratic National Convention
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
Beauty and the Beast
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Running Wild with Bear Grylls
8:00p
Hollywood Game Night
9:00p
NBC News Special: 2016 Democratic National Convention
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
Beauty and the Beast
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld