foster care http://wamc.org en Berkshire Residents Share Human Services Concerns with Committee http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-residents-share-human-services-concerns-committee <p>The Massachusetts <a href="https://malegislature.gov/committees/joint/j13" target="_blank">Joint Committee on Children, Families &amp; Persons with Disabilities</a> was in Pittsfield today for a public hearing.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:34:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 76523 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Residents Share Human Services Concerns with Committee Trial in Mass. Foster Care Abuse Suit Begins http://wamc.org/post/trial-mass-foster-care-abuse-suit-begins <p>BOSTON (AP) — Testimony has begun in a class-action lawsuit alleging that thousands of Massachusetts children in foster care have been abused and neglected.</p><p>The first witness Tuesday was a young woman who spent years in multiple foster homes.</p><p>Lauren James said she often did not get enough to eat, was forced to scrub floors and prescribed up to five psychiatric drugs at a time.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 02:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 56268 at http://wamc.org Trial in Mass. Foster Care Abuse Suit Begins Brian Perrotto, Pat Gagnon, and Karen Hill - The Trials and Joys of Foster Parenting http://wamc.org/post/brian-perrotto-pat-gagnon-and-karen-hill-trials-and-joys-foster-parenting <p>Being a foster parent can be among the most joyful, but challenging experiences. Taking in a troubled, abused child has many rewards for those who take the step and today we will learn more about foster parenting from Brian Perrotto director of foster care for Saint Catherine&rsquo;s Center for Children in Albany, Pat Gagnon, a foster parent , and Karen Hill, an expert in child welfare education. Brian Perrotto begins the discussion with more about Saint Catherine&rsquo;s. They spoke with WAMC&rsquo;s Brian Shields.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:35:00 +0000 Brian Shields 42866 at http://wamc.org