D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel are helping social workers look after children in the city.
The move came after D.C.'s Child and Family Service Agency asked other agencies for help managing its heavy caseload.
Emergency officials who assist the fire department have started checking on families when child and family services personnel are unable to as part of operation "Street Calls."
The Street Calls team also responds to other calls, freeing up local crews for serious emergencies.
The push comes after the bodies of four girls were discovered inside a southeast Washington row home early this year. The girls' mother, Banita Jacks, has been charged in their deaths.
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