Our panel looks at the big stories in the news.
Social workers from Massachusetts’ Department of Children and Families, trying to get the attention of the public Beacon Hill lawmakers, rallied Monday in downtown Greenfield, Massachusetts. More funding is needed for DCF, they say, to hire additional social workers and reduce the dangerously high number of caseloads on their plates.
DCF got an infusion of cash, and new social workers, but Spears inherits a department still struggling with high caseloads and a poor reputation.
The report says Massachusetts should look to other states for guidance in reforming the state’s child protection system
An outside probe of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families released Wednesday concludes the agency should not be held responsible for the death of Jeremiah Oliver.
Noah Berger of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center noted that DCF funding is still 10 percent below what it was back in 2008 and adjusted for inflation.
Olga Roche, the head of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, has resigned. Her departure follows the deaths of three children, each in unrelated cases.
The report from the Child Welfare League of America essentially reiterates what the Patrick administration has been calling for since the boy’s disappearance.
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families has fired a third person in connection with the disappearance of 5 year old Fitchburg Boy Jeremiah Oliver.