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Child Protective Services Gains Three New Workers, Still in Need of More

Despite the continuous shortage of Child Protective Service workers in the Midland/Odessa area, representatives celebrated the acquisition of three new workers Monday.
Despite the continuous shortage of Child Protective Service workers in the Midland/Odessa area, representatives celebrated the acquisition of three new workers Monday.

The region had previously sent out email to workers across the state inviting them to transfer to West Texas. Various workers responded to the emails and traveled to the Permian Basin to experience the work.

From those visiting the area, three women decided to stay permanently, helping the CPS gain workers and catch up with work.

But even with the three new workers, Child Protective Services continues to be low on staff.

Officials said that they are about 50 percent short in the number of staff needed to meet the needs in the area. In the entire state of Texas Child Protective Services is almost 23 percent short in staff.

The three new workers in the Permian Basin decided to live in a house together in order to deal with the high cost of living.

The new employees Monday, said they were happy to take the job and help meet the needs of the community of West Texas .
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