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Governor Charlie Baker joined other state officials Monday to announce changes to Massachusetts’ Department of Child and Families, which has been embattled with high-profile cases involving the deaths of children under the agency’s care and supervision.


The Massachusetts child welfare agency is under scrutiny once again following the death of a 2-year - old child who was in a foster home.  Governor Charlie Baker said improving the Department of Children and Families is his top priority.

Baker, who campaigned on a promise to reform the state’s child welfare agency, launched an investigation Monday into the foster care case, calling it “tragic and frustrating to us all.”

51% Show #1359

Aug 7, 2015
Leticia Miranda

On this week’s 51%, we explore pregnancy from two different angles. First, we hear from a mother who gave birth as a teenager in foster care. Then, a midwife talks about her profession and latest novel.

While teen pregnancy has declined throughout the years, it has not for girls in the foster care system. They’re two and a half times more likely to become pregnant by the time they're 19. Nicole Rocke was one of these young girls. Making Contact Reporter Leticia Miranda has Nicole's story from New York City. 

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The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Children, Families & Persons with Disabilities was in Pittsfield today for a public hearing.

BOSTON (AP) — Testimony has begun in a class-action lawsuit alleging that thousands of Massachusetts children in foster care have been abused and neglected.

The first witness Tuesday was a young woman who spent years in multiple foster homes.

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.

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’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’s. They spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.