The commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families has resigned following the deaths of three children on her watch. Child welfare advocates say the focus now needs to shift to fixing problems at the state agency and preventing child abuse.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who had previously rejected DCF Commissioner Olga Roche’s resignation offers, said Tuesday he had reluctantly agreed to accept it now, believing the troubled child welfare agency can’t move forward with her at the helm.
Law enforcement officials in Saratoga County have announced the arrest of a Capital Region priest on charges that he had inappropriate contact with a 15-year old girl.
On Tuesday, April 22, James Michael Taylor, a Roman Catholic Priest of the Albany Diocese, was arrested at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office on the charge of endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor.
The death of a 2-year-old child has prompted Vermont officials to begin internal and external investigations into the state Department of Children and families and how the state responds to child abuse matters.
Vermont Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Doug Racine says Governor Peter Shumlin has asked him to get an outside evaluation of the Department of Children and Families' role following a 2-year-old girl’s death from a fractured skull.
On Thursday, the Berkshire County Kids’ Place & Violence Prevention Center is holding its 2nd annual child abuse prevention conference. Christa Collier, Director of Kids’ Place, said the event is intended to raise awareness of child abuse among Berkshire County adults.
A coalition of community organizations in Berkshire County are joining together to create a united front against child abuse. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…
According to most recent statistics from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, over 77,000 reports of child abuse were reported annually in the Commonwealth. In those same statistics, Pittsfield, and North Adams were rated as communities with a higher occurrence of abuse.
“Step Up Prevention” was the name of the event, where children and families, state and city officials, and advocates came together to acknowledge issues of child abuse and neglect. The event, hosted by the Children’s Trust Fund, lined children’s shoes on the steps of Pittsfield City Hall. Children’s Trust Fund CEO Alicia Lenahan remarked that Pittsfield is the final stop in the yearly event…
Berkshire County Kid’s Place received $23,000 in federal funding to find ways to better serve children and families in their local area. Under the National Children’s Alliance in agreement with the US Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, almost $10 million was distributed to 91 abuse prevention organizations across the country.