Link to research: CLICK LINK BELOW http://www.nccd-crc.org/crc/pu... … [Read more...]
Donnelly is a policy oriented candidate who cares about governance
As some of you know, before 2003 I was not active in Massachusetts politics at all. My time and energy was totally taken up with both earning a living and being a wife - and mother of two very demanding special needs kids. When … [Read more...]
Would the “overhaul” of DSS have saved Haleigh? So far, my review says NO
H4905 clarifies what the new agency, DCF, is supposed to do. This post is the first in a series I intend to do on the changes in the law made by H4905. For example, specific services to strengthen families are listed in Section 26, … [Read more...]
Massachusetts Legislature passes major over haul of DSS today
While press is beginning to come out that omnibus legislation to overhaul child welfare law and practice in Massachusetts passed today, I haven't found the actual bill online as yet. Apparently, it passed this afternoon. Here is the … [Read more...]
Executive order establishes new Office of the Child Advocate on 12/20/07
Executive Order No. 494 has as a goal to protect the children involved with four agencies: DMR, DMH, DSS and DYS. That would be a change, as there is little oversight and little public scrutiny of any of these agencies unless or … [Read more...]
Legislation on corporal punishment – protection for children or invasion of privacy ?
As a practical matter, DSS already traumatizes families where children are not at risk. To have every "swat" a reportable "offense" and essentially overturn the case of Cobble v. Commissioner would be very bad. Anyway, Mike's Op Ed … [Read more...]
DSS overhaul legislation, H4333, passes in the House, will the Senate follow suit?
H4333 is stronger than H4191, and if passed, means in my view that Isaac and Jeremy [two cases reported out and published by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1995) arguably no longer control as precedents, as they were based on the old statute … [Read more...]
Who is fighting for foster children and THEIR right to life?
I say this because the bill would open hearings where DSS seeks to end a child's life to the public, and place clear requirements as to what steps to take into our laws for the first time.The health insurance industry has a constituency and … [Read more...]
URGENT hearing on overhaul of DSS 9/26/07
The hearing will be on 9/26/07 at 10:30 AM in Room 222 at the State House.For the text of the legislation, go to: http://www.mass.gov/...For the statutes being amended, which are G.L.c. 119 and G.L.c.210 and 110 CMR, go … [Read more...]
Time to monitor the pending overhaul of DSS
Besides a zillion places for the proposed change of name to the Department of Children and Families (DCF), any hearing which could lead to a "do not revive" or "pull the plug" order with regard to a child in the custody of the state would … [Read more...]
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