Child Protection: Through the Eyes of a Social Worker

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Wisconsin State Journal

As part of a series examining Wisconsin’s child protection system, the State Journal profiles social worker Lisa Hankes, who, like most of her colleagues nationwide, began her fledgling career on the front lines: investigating child abuse and neglect cases. Against the backdrop of a recent case in which a Madison infant was killed by her mother after being returned home from a hospital despite a social worker’s abuse concerns, the series sheds light on the complexity of the life-or-death decisions made every day by young, inexperienced social workers in the most difficult of jobs. Feb. 3.