We're not surprised that ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrion has stepped down, given the climate of blame surrounding our child welfare workers and the child welfare agency. It is an environment that seeks to vilify and find fault rather than seek solutions based on facts.
This union has had a good working relationship with Commissioner Carrion. Throughout her three-year tenure, we've always kept the lines of communication open and have often jointly sought ways to improve the delivery of child welfare services.
We'll be paying close attention to who replaces her. We need someone who understands the nature of the work; someone who is supportive of ACS employees' efforts to protect children.