Family to honor life of Eain Brooks

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It’s been almost six months since Eain Brooks was murdered. The boy would have turned six years old Tuesday, but instead of celebrating, his loved ones will hold a vigil in his memory. As loved ones prepare to honor Brooks’ life, Erie County’s Department of Social Services is seeing yet another sweeping change.

Eain’s mom’s boyfriend will go on trial for his murder.

Eain’s death has prompted an even greater call for change at Child Protective Services, within the Social Services Department. Eighteen new caseworkers have been hired. And now, the agency will have three new deputy commissioners.

The agency has come under fire since Eain’s death and the death of Abdi Mohammed. Now, each new commissioner will have their own area of concentration. Those three areas are family protection, family independence and administrative services.

Only one of the new commissioners has come from within CPS.  The other two are from outside, one from Catholic Charities and the other from the Erie County Child Care Resource Network.

News 4 will watch and see just how these new changes are implemented, and how these changes translate to success.

Erie County Social Services Carol Dankert-Maurer said, “The recruitment was a very long and difficult process. Because we really, were really working very, very hard for the right skill set, for folks that had different skills than what our management team had and brought new expertise.”

“It makes us a stronger organization having them be a part of our team,” said Dankert-Maurer.

The candlelight “Happy Birthday” vigil for Eain Brooks will be at 7 p.m. at Niagara Square.

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