Child Protection: DCF Under Fire

January 16, 2014

A parent’s job is to protect their children, but when parents fail, there’s a state-run safety net in place. The Department of Children and Families is responsible for ensuring the wellbeing of 36,000 children who are vulnerable to abuse and neglect. But as WGBH News reporter Gail Huff shows us, the DCF safety net has some big holes, and over the years, several children have fallen through.


  • Marylou Sudders is a former president of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She now teaches social work at the graduate level at Boston College.

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