Giving smartphones to social workers and taking photos of all children who enter state care are among the recommendations of an independent group examining the Massachusetts’ child welfare system.
In an interview with WBZ-TV Thursday, Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz said scores of teens under DCF watch are unaccounted for.
Baker said department Commissioner Olga Roche should leave her job.
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 uncle of a missing Fitchburg boy had to be restrained and removed from a courtroom Friday after an emotional outburst during a hearing in the case.
The state Office of the Child Advocate says a heavy caseload at the Department of Children and Families’ Leominster office does not excuse the failure to properly monitor a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy who has not been seen in months.
Rep. David Linsky is leading the state legislature’s probe of the troubled child welfare agency which lost track of him.
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.