September 13, 2013 10:59 AM

Head of Missouri Children’s Division leaving amid questions about child welfare system

Candace Shively, 60, will retire at the end of the month, according to a memo sent to employees by the acting head of the state Department of Social Services. Shively’s departure is the second by a top DSS official in four months and comes as the state agency is undergoing a lengthy reaccreditation process. It also comes at a time when several high-profile cases in the Kansas City area have highlighted flaws in the child welfare system.

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