For most of us, the state Department of Children and Families is an abstraction, a faceless bureaucracy that deals with other people’s problems. It’s only top of mind when something terrible happens like the apparent homicide of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver, who was under state supervision.
But for thousands of children across the Commonwealth, DCF is a lifeline. And so as part of our in-depth FOCUS report, WGBH News reporter Adam Reilly went inside the agency to talk directly with DCF employees about the difficult decisions they face each day.
- Jason Stephany is director of communications for SEIU Local 509, a union representing DCF caseworkers.
Part one of our FOCUS report is the story of 13-month-old Kadyn Hancock, who died while under state supervision.