Category: Mary Elizabeth Collins

Baker, Coakley Wrangle Over DCF

October 15th, 2014 in 2014, Mary Elizabeth Collins, Newsmakers, School of Social Work, WGBH 0 comments

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has faulted his Democratic rival, Martha Coakley, for her handling of a lawsuit brought by a New York nonprofit against the state of Massachusetts…

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“I think that they — obviously, in the context of these lawsuits — need to recover the cost of the litigation. My understanding of Children’s Rights organization is that they are committed to the well being of children, and again, sometimes forcing system change — this might be one of the only ways to do it.”

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Building a sustained commitment to children

June 26th, 2014 in 2014, Mary Elizabeth Collins, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Social Work 0 comments

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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…

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

May 5th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Mary Elizabeth Collins, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Social Work 0 comments

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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 system. Now, are we all ready to move beyond outrage and blaming to search for effective solutions?…

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Mass. ranks low in children’s welfare

February 10th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, Mary Elizabeth Collins, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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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 to an assortment of federal data…

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“Many in the research community have run into roadblocks trying to engage in partnerships.”

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