DCF workers picket over 'caseload crisis'
There's a "caseload crisis" creating potential for another child's death on the state's watch unless the Department of Children and Families takes immediate action, DCF social workers, investigators and supervisors warned during an informational picket on Tuesday.
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#1 Apr 23, 2014
What's worse the incompetent mayor of Fitchburg or the head of :DCF?
#2 Apr 23, 2014
The workers of DCF are completely clueless often opening cases that should have been screened out and then failing to do anything on reports of abuse and neglect. Their caseloads would not be so large if they had a better screening process. I think they need an independent board to oversee them and to examine what they are doing. As it is, they seem to be accountable to no one.
#3 Apr 23, 2014
You people need to stop looking as these children as people and start looking at them as I do ........ welfare money for my new bling.
#4 Apr 23, 2014
In fact if the Govt. doesn't step up and start doing a better job parents may start raising their kids themselves!
#5 Apr 23, 2014
Many make $ off foster children, I can think of one a high ranking university official, no one is fooled by you. You know who you are
#6 Apr 23, 2014
I can't believe so many people are claiming the DCF is a fault. What about the Fu*king parents ????? People say OH the parent was on drugs and was hitting and not taking care of the child and it's the fault of DFC.
#1 if anyone gets any type of money from welfare, wic, food stamps or any program should be subject to a drug test. Lets see how many would not pass.
#2 people can only be on these programs for one year then they need to have a job.
I know there are cases were people need this kind of help that's fine.
I know of A solider who serve his country for more than 24 years and is now disabled and is fighting with SSI for his money. They say he can find a job and work. The VA says he can't work but SSI says OH go find a job.
But hey it's Mass, what do we want
#7 Apr 24, 2014
Scoop, I agree, as most do agree, parents need to raise there children.. Some people for what ever reason fall short, and the Agency is called in.
Our tax dollars pay for this agency to operate. If the Agency can't handle it, get out of the way.
I can't stand any Agency given cart blanch, acting like it's the authority, the only Authority for that matter, not doing their jobs.
Yes, the parents didn't do their jobs, I agree, but neither did the Agency, and my money through taxes supports this Agency! Things need to change. I am not against drug testing, I think it is needed.
Be well, Oh, Jtn, before you comment slow down and read before you start up, thank you.
#8 Apr 24, 2014
Their children, was typing fast, sorry about that.
#9 Apr 24, 2014
Scoop, tell the veteran to get an attorney, that is not uncommon for Social Security to deny on the first try. He should get an attorney, he will win, and he will get retro, from the date he was first denied.
#10 Apr 24, 2014
1) I think if you really cared about Veterans, you'd already have several posts up on the below...
"The largest piece of veterans legislation in decades -- aimed at expanding health care, education and other benefits -- was rejected Thursday by the Senate on a procedural issue after proponents failed to obtain 60 votes to keep the bill alive.
Wrangling over an issue -- veterans -- that often receives bipartisan support, the legislation died on a vote of 56-41, with only two Republicans voting for it.
Most Republicans said it was too large, too costly and would burden a Department of Veterans Affairs"
But you don't, care or have those posts!!!
2) "#1 if anyone gets any type of money from welfare, wic, food stamps or any program should be subject to a drug test. Lets see how many would not pass."
It HAS been tried, found 2.6% had used weed, OMG!!!!!
And IT COST MORE money!
"From July through October in Florida the four months when testing took place before Judge Scrivens order 2.6 percent of the states cash assistance applicants failed the drug test, The most common reason was marijuana use.
Because the Florida law requires that applicants who pass the test be reimbursed for the cost, an average of $30, the cost to the state was $118,140. This is more than would have been paid out in benefits to the people who failed the test, Mr. Newton said.
As a result, the testing cost the government an extra $45,780, he said."
Got any other genius ideas for us?
#11 Apr 24, 2014
You may be unaware that there are a large number of people who HAVE jobs and need food stamps or WIC. That's what all this raising the minimum wage fuss is about.
#12 Apr 24, 2014
Check this out, Republicans are passing Laws to RESTRICT from raising the minimum wage!!
The Terrible Fear of Paying the Poor Too Much
Republicans in America suffer a crippling anxiety. It's the terrible fear of corporations paying poor workers too much.
The GOP is so afraid that the nation's lowest wage earners will get a raise that Republican politicians across the country are working overtime to outlaw wages above $7.25 an hour for these workers.
They're passing legislation forbidding towns and counties from raising the minimum wage in their jurisdictions. Republicans insist: no pay bump for those raking in $15,080 a year! On the other side, however, there's no amount of pay, perks, private jets, premium health plans and golden parachutes that Republican politicians believe could possibly be too much for a CEO.
That Oracle CEO Larry Ellison took home $78,440,657 last year is completely reasonable in the minds of Republicans. That it would take a minimum wage earner 5,201 years to earn what Larry took out of his company for one 365-day period is, according to Republican-think, a morally correct calculation.
That is why Republicans are working so hard to prevent Walmart and McDonald's workers from earning more money while, at the same time, doing nothing but congratulating Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus for grabbing $79.9 million for six weeks of work.
Republican Mary Fallin, governor of Oklahoma, is among them. She signed a law last week forbidding towns in her state from increasing the minimum wage. Fallin, whose state lays claim to the third highest proportion of minimum wage earners in the country, a percentage that rose from 2011 to 2012, justified denying these workers a few extra pennies an hour by saying that would raise prices.
She and her GOP cohorts haven't fussed at all, however, about the cable bill increases likely to result from Marcus' proposed merger of Time Warner Cable and Comcast, the corporate marriage which would result in that $79.9 million dowry payment to him.
#13 Apr 24, 2014
Not only that but what about the millions Kerry hides with the IRS? Also I want to go on record as saying I'm all for smokin' hot girls dyking it out but I don't like fat butch girls munching the salad. Vote Hillary, he knows how to lead!
#14 Apr 24, 2014
Just John Kerry? He's the only one you could think of?
Just look at how many others come way, way way before him!
Why would you whine about him I wonder!
It's not how "the other half" lives anymore idiot, it's how the uber rich .01% live.
Wha bout Kerry is what you come up with!!!!!
#15 Apr 24, 2014
I'm sorry I hurt your feelings Zoo. The job market is tight. I hate to use Lynch as an example but with his skill sets as being a good listener he will only work as Mayor, Senator or President. Cut him a welfare check and one for Gomez. FRAUDS????
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