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Department of Children and Families

Olga Roche (WBZ-TV)

Patrick Says He Refused To Accept DCF Chief Roche’s Resignation

Gov. Deval Patrick said the head of the embattled Department of Children and Families has offered her resignation, but he refused to accept it.

02/21/2014

Charlie Baker (WBZ-TV)

GOP’s Baker Calls For Head Of DCF To Resign

Baker said department Commissioner Olga Roche should leave her job.

02/10/2014

Jeremiah Oliver was last seen Sept. 14. (Facebook)

Patrick Calls For Widespread Review Of DCF

Gov. Deval Patrick says the failure of the Department of Families and Children to keep track of a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy was inexcusable, but has provided the state with an opportunity to re-examine the agency.

01/27/2014

Jeremiah Oliver was last seen Sept. 14. (Facebook)

Family Members Resume Search For Missing Fitchburg Boy

The search for a missing 5-year-old Fitchburg boy is resuming.

01/11/2014

DCF Caseload Complaint (WBZ-TV Photo)

ITeam: Social Worker Says DCF Case Loads At Concerning Levels

For the first time, a veteran state social worker is talking publicly about caseloads of some Department of Children and Family workers, saying in some communities they are so overloaded that children are in danger.

01/10/2014

Jeremiah Oliver has been missing since Sept. 14 (Worcester County DA)

Patrick Orders Outside Review Of Department Of Children And Families

The investigation by the Child Welfare League of America will be conducted over the next few months.

01/09/2014

Jeremiah Oliver was last seen Sept. 14. (Facebook)

Third DCF Worker Fired In Missing Fitchburg Boy Case

A third employee of the state Department of Children and Families has been fired after the investigation into the case involving Jeremiah Oliver.

12/30/2013

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Judge Rules In Favor Of Mass. In Foster Care Case

A federal judge has ruled against a child advocacy group that alleged thousands of children in the Massachusetts foster care system were being abused and neglected.

10/01/2013