(8-21-20) The Allen County Children’s Services board of directors, after today’s unanimous board decision, terminated the employment of Executive Director Cynthia Scanland, effective immediately.

Staci Nichols, Cynthia Scanland and Brent Bunke

According to a video statement on Facebook the probe found that Scanland and two program administrators failed to follow protocol because of their “close relations” with a pair of foster parents ( Jeremy Kindle and Scott Steffes) who are now facing felony charges relating to alleged sexual abuse of children they had adopted from the agency. Saying those relationships “clouded these employees’ perceptions.”

Scanland signed an agreement that will provide her with three 1/2 months of severance pay.

The Board also accepted the resignations of Program Administrators Brent Bunke and Staci Nichols with both receiving separation agreements.

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