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Report: Mass. Child Welfare Agency Underfunded, Understaffed

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz, joined by the Child Welfare League of America, to present the final report on the Department of Children and Families. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz, joined by the Child Welfare League of America, presenting the final report on the Department of Children and Families. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

The final report on the internal failings of the embattled Massachusetts Department of Children and Families concludes that the agency should not be held responsible for last year’s death of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver.

Released on Wednesday, the report — written by the Child Welfare League of America at Gov. Deval Patrick’s request — also identifies continuing problems with the agency, including under-staffing and outdated policies and protocols.

WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer gets details on the report and its recommended changes for DCF.

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Asma Khalid, WBUR reporter. She tweets at @asmamk.

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Boston Globe: DCF Failures Didn’t Lead To Jeremiah Oliver’s Death, Report Finds

  • “The report took a global view of the challenges of child welfare, faulting policymakers for failing to pay attention not just to DCF, but to larger issues such as poverty, drug abuse and mental illness that can lead to violence against children.”

Executive Office of Health and Human Services: Selected Findings and Recommendations

  • “The CWLA team found that DCF case practice policies and protocols are largely out-of-date. In many instances optional case practice guidelines have been used to guide staff in lieu of policy updates.”

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