State, Advocates Broker Child Welfare AgreementThe state and child advocates appear closer to a plan to streamline the system and remove the Department of Children and Families from court oversight.
Mass. Governor To Talk About Review Of DCF After Disappearance Of Five-Year-OldGov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to talk publicly about an independent review of the state child welfare agency, which has come under intense scrutiny since the disappearance of a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy. Jeremiah Oliver's father is a New Britain resident.
Judge Admits Wrongdoing In Child Welfare Rulings A state judge has admitted taking too long to issue child welfare rulings and is asking a disciplinary panel to approve a negotiated suspension of 30 business days.
State Judge Faces Disciplinary HearingA state judge charged in a drunken driving case in 2008 is facing a disciplinary hearing for allegedly issuing child welfare decisions late.