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I-TEAM: Grandmother raising questions about Child Haven

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– An area grandmother is raising questions about a spot for abused and uncared for youngsters. Workers walked out calling for change final week.

Betsy Martin’s two grandchildren had been taken to Child Haven after issues at house.

It’s a spot the place youngsters who could also be abused or uncared for are taken for shelter and different resources in Clark County.

“I think they’re horrible,” Martin mentioned.

She instructed the I-Team that her 14-year-old granddaughter was there for a few weeks whereas her 8-year-old grandson was there for months.

“He got bitten in the back, he got dragged by his neck, oh and he had scratches on his face, it was just a hell hole,” Martin mentioned.

The I-Team is unable to substantiate these particular allegations as a result of Clark County won’t focus on particular instances.  Martin mentioned cell telephones aren’t allowed throughout visits so she couldn’t take pictures.

Workers at Child Haven are additionally sounding the alarm.

Maria Jacobi is a supervisor and a steward for Service Employees International Union which represents the employee the place they protested Child Haven on Tuesday.

“We’re not complaining about the pay. We’re complaining about getting more help,” Jacobi added.

SEIU desires extra staff employed and for the screening and hiring course of to hurry up, and the union says present workers are usually not skilled or certified to offer companies for youngsters with extreme psychological sickness and autism.

“I don’t want to see an employee struggling with stressed out and knowing that I’m gonna get written up for something that I can’t manage so yes, it’s stressful,” Jacobi added.

The I-Team reached out to Clark County and a spokesman pointed to a pause in hiring for almost a year because of COVID-19.

Clark County Statement
Clark County Statement
Clark County Statement

“I honestly think they’re dragging their feet,” Jacobi mentioned.

Martin says her grandchildren are again with household, however she’s nonetheless hoping baby haven improves.

“I feel bad for the kids that are still there,” Martin mentioned.

Child Haven can home as much as 90 youngsters.

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