ACS in middle of shakeup following deadly cases

- Three New York City child welfare workers have been fired as the state and city look for answers in the death of a 6-year-old Harlem boy         .

The agency is in the middle of a major shakeup following a string of deadly cases.

The New York City Council Committee on General Welfare wanted answers as to why social services workers failed 6-year-old Zymere Perkins.   

Perkins was beaten to death in September. His mother and her boyfriend were charged.

A new report detailed a long list of procedures that workers with the city's "administration for children's services" did not follow.

“There was a series of failures. Now we're working to fix it and strengthen practices,” said Dr. Jacqueline Martin, Ph.D. Deputy Commissioner Division of Preventive Services.

Zymere's death was followed by the beating death of 3-year-old Jaden Jordan last month.

Mayor de Blasio has fired 3 'ACS' workers, and suspended and demoted six others within the child-welfare agency.

Agency commissioner Gladys Carrion announced on Monday that she was retiring. 

Meanwhile, the state has ordered the mayor to appoint an independent monitor. The city council committee wants ACS reformed and wants to know what steps the agency is now taking to prevent another tragedy.

 “We all bear responsibility as a city for his death,” said City Councilman Stephen Levin.

ACS and city leaders also point out that the vast majority of the 6,500 workers in the agency are hard-working and they face a job that is complex and dangerous at times.

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