According to the WTG:
BOSTON? The embattled head of the state’s child welfare system will be replaced Wednesday as Gov. Deval Patrick looks to put his stamp on state government, a source told The Associated Press.
According to the WTG, the new Commissioner is a former DSS worker named Angelo McClain. I do not know anything about Angelo – so I will be very interested in comments.
Here is what the WTG has said, so far, about Angelo McClain:
Patrick plans to replace Spence with Angelo McClain, a former DSS worker who now works for ValueOptions, a New Jersey-based healthcare company, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision. McClain’s appointment was subject to final review late Tuesday, said the source, who asked to remain anonymous because the announcement wasn’t public yet.
My hope is that McClain has a background in social work, child development, child psychology, and family based services. Harry Spence had no training or background in any of these. Foster care is far more dangerous for children than most of the homes from which they were removed.
Further, there is still no definition or over sight as to what, precisely, the reasonable efforts are that a family should receive before their children are traumatized by being placed with strangers – and a family risks being torn asunder forever due to homelessness, or an adversarial and difficult relationship between a parent, and a social worker.