Government jobs are, and SHOULD be, the lowest paid around, for the work rendered. There is a REASON we call it PUBLIC SERVICE.
As for this OP...this is horrible. And while I would consider this to be a "worst case" scenario, I have heard of, and can probably dig up, COUNTLESS stories of abuse and negligence in social services across the country, all recent and relevant. You want to REALLY get sick to your stomach? Look what they're doing to native american kids in various reservations.