Department of Children and Families

Bullying at New Bedford Schools [Video]
Can you believe that a 4th grader bit a school official? That what one parent tells Brian's Beat on the Educational Focus. Worst, according to Jennifer Duarte and Janele Goldman, acts of violence by this 4th grader have been on-going, and that school principals and administrators were slower th…
Baker Wants Policy Changes At DCF
Gov. Charlie Baker says the state must update the way it handles investigations of child abuse or neglect if it hopes to avoid more cases like the death of 2-year-old Bella Bond.
Baker said Tuesday one of his top priorities is revamping the intake policy for the Department of Children and Families...
Local Social Workers Demand More State Funding
Social workers in the Greater Fall River area held the first in a series of statewide pickets, spreading awareness of what they say is an underfunded field.
Members of SEIU Local 509 gathered in Fall River Tuesday, calling on the State Senate to increase the number of social workers by adding $29 mil…
DCF Investigated 2007 Neglect Complaint At Blackstone Home
The state's child protection agency says it investigated a previous complaint of possible child neglect at the squalid Blackstone home where authorities found three babies' bodies this week.
The Department of Children and Families said Friday it didn't find anything to support the 2007…
Attleboro Man Faces Charges After Son Injured
An Attleboro man is facing charges after his 3-month-old son was taken to the hospital with a broken arm and other injuries that appeared to be older.
Joshua Pulsinelli pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Attleboro District Court to assault and battery and reckless endangerment of a child charges...
Rep. Cabral Wants More Funding For DCF
State Rep. Antonio Cabral of New Bedford says he expects much debate at the State House this week on providing more funding for the embattled Department of Children and Families.
Democrat Cabral tells WBSM News, he supports funding for D-C-F to hire more social workers, but knows there will be opposi…
Social Workers March Again For Lower Caseloads
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 outsi…
Rep. Markey: Lawmakers To Probe DCF Operations
Rep. Chris Markey of Dartmouth says the Legislature will be digging into the day-to-day operations of the State Department of Children and Families. 
The Investigation  following a series of high-profile cases, including a five year old Fitchburg boy whose disappearance went unnoticed by so…