Department of Children and Families

Our Religion Permits Spanking, Aspiring Foster Parents Tell CourtSpanking can be an appropriate punishment, a Fitchburg couple contends.
Mother Mourns Death Of Child In Foster CareThe 2-year-old died after being found unresponsive in a foster home.
Social Workers Hold Vigil In Honor Of Vermont ColleagueSocial workers and investigators with the Massachusetts child welfare agency are planning a vigil in memory of a slain colleague from Vermont.
Fitchburg Couple Who Spanks Their Children Fights To Become Foster ParentsThe DCF is refusing to let a couple become foster parents because they spank their children.
School Officials Expressed Concerns About Abused Hardwick BoyWorkers at the boy's school were so concerned, they say they called the Department of Children and Families many times--repeatedly raising a red flag about the boy's condition.
Survey: DCF Workers Overworked, Burned OutA new report say workers for the state's child welfare agency suffer from low morale, heavy caseloads and poor working conditions.
Police: Springfield Girl Dies During Head Lice TreatmentMassachusetts police are investigating the death of an 18-month old child who suffocated, apparently because of a home remedy for head lice involving mayonnaise and a plastic bag.
Baker Names Spears To Head Child Welfare AgencyA child welfare specialist who led an outside examination of the embattled state Department of Children and Families has been named by Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to lead the agency.
Justina Pelletier Released Into Custody Of Her Parents In ConnecticutThe Connecticut teenager was at the center of a custody battle with Massachusetts officials over conflicting medical diagnoses.
DCF Not Responsible For Jeremiah Oliver's Death, Says Independent ReviewAn independent group that examined the state Department of Children and Families says the agency should not be held responsible for the death of a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy.
Woburn PD: Suspected Burglars Had 5 Kids In Car During High Speed ChaseA Danvers couple is facing a number of charges after allegedly burglarizing a home in Worburn while their five young children were waiting in the getaway car.
'Scary' Surge In Caseloads Reported At Massachusetts DCFState lawmakers are sounding new alarms about a growing crisis in caseloads at the Department of Children and Families.

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