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Legislator Says Mass. DCF Needs To Be More Transparent

Mass. Auditor Suzanne Bump released a review of the Department of Children and Families on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Sam Doran
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State House News Service
Mass. Auditor Suzanne Bump released a review of the Department of Children and Families on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

A review by the Massachusetts state auditor concludes that between 2014 and 2015, the Department of Children and Families did not report 19 cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect to district attorneys.

A spokeswoman for Governor Charlie Baker said many of the concerns raised in the report have been addressed through reforms, which began a couple years ago. 

But Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield said she isn't satisfied.

"We're very concerned that the Department of Children and Families is not transparent — that they are not getting the information to the district attorneys and to the Office of the Child Advocate," she said. 

Farley-Bouvier serves on the state legislature's committee on children and families. She expects it will hold an oversight hearing to ask DCF officials to respond to the auditor's report. 

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