Category: Mary Elizabeth Collins

LETTERS: Assessing levels of risk can be useful, but not without a commitment to providing services

Boston Globe (subscription required) By Mary Elizabeth Collins, School of Social Work The investigative report by Jenifer McKim and her team does a public service by shedding light on numerous child tragedies (“Challenge for DCF is grave, as are its many failings”). But the report makes some troubling assumptions and leaves critical questions unaddressed… View full […]

Building a sustained commitment to children

VTdigger.org Mary Elizabeth Collins, School of Social Work It is a mistake to think that the recent tragic deaths of children under supervision of the Department for Children and Families are unique to Vermont. Sadly, Massachusetts and Connecticut have recently shared this experience and the resulting outrage… View full article by expert Mary Elizabeth Collins

LETTERS: It will take profound change to strengthen frayed safety net

Boston Globe (subscription required) By Mary Elizabeth Collins, School of Social Work Both Adrian Walker (“Roche’s exit won’t fix DCF,” Metro, April 30) and Yvonne Abraham (“The agency of awful realities,” Metro, May 1) provide thoughtful contributions to understanding the challenges at the state Department of Children and Families, and they set the stage for improving the […]

Mass. ranks low in children’s welfare

Boston Globe (subscription required) Mary Elizabeth Collins, School of Social Work Massachusetts is used to being near the top in national rankings — from education to health care to technological innovation. But when it comes to protecting children in foster care or potentially abusive homes, the state has languished closer to the bottom for years, according […]