Department of Children and Families

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Children can have a range of experiences in foster care. Legislation proposed this week in the Massachusetts House would require the state to search for every possible family member with whom a child could be placed before entering the foster care system. 

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A new report shows a significant increase in the number of Vermont children in protective state custody, such as foster care, in large part due to the opiate epidemic.

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Attorneys for a Vermont state senator facing his second sex crimes trial are seeking the welfare records of the alleged victim.

Photo of Governor Peter Shumlin with agency representatives as he announces child protection funding package
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin today announced an $8.4 million proposed funding package for the 2016-2017 budget years to add staff to the Department of Children and Families and agencies involved in child protection.

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An oversight committee of the Vermont Legislature held a hearing this week on issues relating to the Department of Children and Families, which is under the microscope following child deaths last year and the murder of a social worker in August.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced Wednesday that the commissioner of the Department of Children and Families is leaving to take another job. The department and its leader have been criticized since the death of two children whose families had been under state supervision.


Social workers and investigators at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families picketed outside the agency’s Holyoke office today to call attention to what they say are skyrocketing caseloads.  At the same time, the results of an independent review of the troubled child welfare agency were released in Boston.

About half of the 90 staffers in the DCF Holyoke office picketed during part of their lunch break Wednesday in the latest in a series of recent demonstrations throughout the state organized by the social workers’ union.

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Governor Peter Shumlin has announced changes in the Vermont Department of Children and Families in the wake of the death of two toddlers whose families had been under the review of the agency.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is ordering the Department of Children and Families to do more to protect vulnerable children.


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.

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An independent review of the Massachusetts child welfare agency is under way.  Governor Deval Patrick spoke publicly today about the investigation.

Governor Patrick held a news conference at the Statehouse shortly after meeting with officials from the Child Welfare League of America, whom the governor has given broad authority to look into the policies and practices of the Department of Children and Families.

"We need actionable recommendations. The point is not more paperwork, but more social work."

Conn. consider creating video game task force

Feb 26, 2013
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Connecticut lawmakers are considering legislation that would create a new state task force to study the effects of violent video games on youth behavior.

The bill would establish the proposed Violent Video Game Task Force within the Department of Children and Families.