DSS Advocates Seek to Tighten Standards

Every year in Massachusetts, 70,000 calls come in to Department of Social Services from people suspecting a child they know is being abused. Half of those cases are substantiated. Nevertheless, some children still fall through the cracks, and after high profile tragedies—such as the case of Haleigh Poutre (left)—many community members and child advocates wonder what can be done to shore up the safety net.