Final Report On Troubles At Mass. DCF Due Out This Week

Governor Deval Patrick plans to release a final report this week on problems at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Patrick commissioned the report following the disappearance of a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy under D-C-F supervision, who was later found dead.

The tragic story of Jeremiah Oliver, and several later cases of DCF failings, led to the resignation last month of the department’s commissioner. It also led to a burst of hiring at the agency and legislative action to get DCF more money.

“We are responding to what the experts and what the staff at DCF have said they need, which is more people and better technology,” Patrick told reporters Thursday.

Those recommendations were part of a preliminary report already released by the Child Welfare League of America. The full report has not come out, though the governor says he has been briefed on it. Patrick says it will be made public early this week.