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Children's Agency in Cincinnati-Area Could Get $2M

A Cincinnati-area family services agency that's come under recent fire over child abuse deaths is likely to receive $2 million to hire more caseworkers, supervisors and case reviewers.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the director of the Hamilton County Job and Family Services asked for the funds in an April 5 memo and two of the three commissioners who'll vote on the request say they support it.

They say the money will come from $28 million set aside for a possible fine in an investigation into agency bookkeeping.

The agency's budget fell to $57 million this year, from $105 million in 2007. Staff has fallen from about 1,600 to about 800 over the past two years. It wasn't known how many workers would be hired with $2 million.