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 picket outside the DCF offices on High Street in Holyoke, MA. The protest organized by the social workers' union was one in a recent series in the state to call for more staffing to reduce caseloads
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.
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.
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."