Department of Children and Families
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.
The search for a missing 5-year-old Fitchburg boy is resuming.
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.
The investigation by the Child Welfare League of America will be conducted over the next few months.
A third employee of the state Department of Children and Families has been fired after the investigation into the case involving Jeremiah Oliver.
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.