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Social Workers March Again For Lower Caseloads

Jim Phillips / TSM

Employees of the state’s child welfare agency are stepping up demands for state officials to take action to reduce social worker caseload.

Members of the union representing social workers and other employees of the Department of Children and Families held an informational picket on Tuesday outside the agency’s regional office in Lowell. A similar demonstration was held last week in New Bedford, and another is planned on Wednesday in Boston.

The agency has been under scrutiny since 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver of Fitchburg went missing last year. His body was discovered last week by the side of a highway in Sterling.

Union spokesman Jason Stephany tells the Lowell Sun that DCF cases have risen by about 5,000 in the past 12 months while the number of social workers has remained the same.

Some workers said they worried there could be more tragedies in the future. (Associated Press)

 

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