Desoto Parish is losing child welfare office - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Desoto Parish is losing child welfare office

DESOTO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

In less than thirty days the State Child Welfare Office in Desoto Parish will be closing, and workers will be transferred to the Louisiana State Building in Shreveport.

Workers were notified last week of the closure.

State officials confirm the state was leasing the current Child Welfare office located in Mansfield from a private owner, but now the building is being sold and the state department is being forced to relocate.

"One by one it doesn't matter to Baton Rogue what happens in the little office let me just save a buck," says Marsha McCall.

McCall says she worked in the Desoto Parish office for more than twenty years, and losing the office will only put a strain on residents in need.

"There is no public transportation, so if they have to struggle to get here, how are they going to get to Shreveport, Natchitoches, or Coushatta," says McCall.

Trey Williams with the Department of Children and Family Services says this change will have little impact, and it will "not delay the response time in investigating child neglect and abuse cases."

McCall says she is starting a petition to keep the local office in Desoto Parish, and is planning on handing the petition over to state representatives.

The Desoto Parish Child Welfare office will be closed by March 24th.

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