When DSS removes a child from their parents, it can take months before that child – whether six or 16 – is back in school. But you do not have to take my word for it!
A gutsy attorney is suing DSS “pro bono” [that means without being paid] to get the children he represents into school.
A lawyer who advocates for juveniles has filed suit on behalf of two Springfield youths, claiming the Department of Social Services fails to ensure that Hampden County children in state custody go to school regularly.
“I don’t think there’s anything worse than not getting an education,” said Brian K. Clauson, who filed the complaint in Hampden Superior Court last month.
This is really NOT an isolated problem.
The problem of students dropping out remains a pressing one for the region. Although the statewide four-year graduation rate was about 80 percent in 2006, it averaged just 62 percent in urban areas, and fell to 51 percent in Springfield and 49 percent in Holyoke.
You may ask, “But what does this have to do with DSS?”