NORWICH – Those in charge of protecting Chenango County’s children from abuse say they have been bombarded this year with calls from a state-operated hotline.
After the first three months of this year, Chenango County Social Services Commissioner Bette Osborne told town supervisors that she predicted 1,000 calls by year’s end, or about 150 more than were received in 2006. Based on activity since then, officials in the Child Protective and Preventive Services unit said this week that they expect a total of 1,040 compared to 866 last year.
While Chenango County Senior Caseworker Beth Beers said the uptick is “significant,” only a very small percentage of youths are actually taken from the home. The calls received report abuse or maltreatment that could be of a sexual nature.