Suffolk County unveils public dashboard displaying CPS caseloads

Officials have unveiled a new public dashboard that will display information on Suffolk County’s Child Protective Services cases.
Authorities in the county say they have been working to improve its CPS system since the 2020 death of Thomas Valva.
Suffolk officials also say they are prioritizing hiring more caseworkers.
“The average caseload per caseworker for the state is 15. After Thomas' murder, we want to bring that number to 12 because we want to go above and beyond in our efforts to assure this never happens again,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
The county has failed to keep the CPS caseload below its goal of 12 cases or fewer per caseworker. However, officials say it is on track to reach its goal in May.