Child Care Doesn't Make Grade in Mass.
A story from the Associated Press highlights Massachusetts' failing efforts to protect children under state care:
BOSTON (AP) — A federal watchdog group gives Massachusetts a near failing grade for its efforts to protect children from abuse.
Only nine states fared worse than Massachusetts, which got a D-minus in the study by the Children's Advocacy Institute and the watchdog group First Star.
The report said the state has failed to report on near-fatal child abuse and operates under a shroud of secrecy.
It cited several high-profile examples of alleged Department of Social Services failures, including Haleigh Poutre's case.
The girl was beaten into a coma while in foster care after DSS dismissed more than a dozen allegations of abuse.
It also mentioned Rebecca Riley, the 4-year-old whose parents are charged with manslaughter after she died from a prescription drug overdose.
Also, check out this Boston Herald story on the DSS (referencing the same report).
The explosive report, scheduled to be released today, singles out the Department of Social Services as “dysfunctional and in critical need of comprehensive reform” and slams the state with a D- grade.
“It’s extremely disappointing to receive such a mark, but tragically not surprising,” said state Rep. John H. Rogers, the House majority leader and a member of the legislative committee on child abuse and neglect.