The state claims it was ordered to move from building where the services have been provided, according to Marsha McCall, retired supervisor of the agency.
Although that building, owned by Rosbottom Industries whose owner, Harold Rosbottom, is currently serving a federal prison, is for sale, McCall said no one has seen an evacuation notice. She added that "numerous local persons have offered to provide buildings and offices, some at no cost to the state, and no one will consider those offers."
I worked for the state for 32 years and retired only a year ago," McCall said. "I worked all programs in my career and retired as the program manager for Caddo Investigations of Child Abuse and Neglect. I was the supervisor of all services in DeSoto Parish for a number of years.
It never fails that when a state cuts services and regionalizes them, people suffer." She added that the "entire community of Desoto Parish is opposed to the move."
In addition to petitions circulated and signed throughout the parish, the DeSoto Parish Police Jury approved a proclamation in opposition of moving the office from DeSoto Parish, which has been sent to have been signed from were signed all over the parish; a proclamation was approved by the police jury in opposition of the closure and the proclamation sent to Suzy Sonnier, secretary of Louisiana's Department of Children and Family Services and Sharon Tucker, deputy secretary of DOCFS.