Audit Finds DCF Maintains Condition Where ‘Risks Can Become Reality’

March 26, 2014 4:15 PM
Audit Finds DCF Maintains Condition Where ‘Risks Can Become Reality’
" BOSTON (CBS) — A new report issued by State Auditor Suzanne Bump calls for sweeping change to the Department of Children and Families to protect children in foster care.

The report released Wednesday found that DCF maintained incomplete background checks on some of the people living in foster homes and it had not been conducting checks for level 2 and 3 registered sex offenders before placing children in foster care locations.

“DCF front-line workers and managers need better guidance and better tools in order to effectively protect the children entrusted to their care,” said Bump. “The kind of accountability that this office needs and the public wants to see requires planning, oversight, and access to additional information and technology at the front end, not just acceptance of responsibility for something gone wrong.”

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The audit looked at July 2010 through September 2012 and says DCF was incompletely collecting and documenting key information relative to children and their foster placements. Because of this, management was not able to monitor how the agency was being run.

The audit was conducted before Fitchburg boy Jeremiah Oliver went missing "

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