Massachusetts D.S.S. Gets Nearly Fail...

Massachusetts D.S.S. Gets Nearly Failing Grade

There are 53 comments on the story from Apr 30, 2008, titled Massachusetts D.S.S. Gets Nearly Failing Grade. In it, reports that:

It's been over two years since Haleigh Poutre entered Massachusetts Department of Social Services custody, and clutching her daughters' picture is as close as biological mother, Allison Avrett, can get to her.

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#42 Mar 13, 2010
I can't say I know all the facks about DSS but I do know they dropped the Ball many times. Why isn't our Governor involved in this. I do know there's
a real shortage for foster families. I quess any port in a storm! I think its time the media takes a harder look into this don't you

Boston, MA

#43 Apr 29, 2010
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MY GOD. Reading your story brought me back a year and a half when my daughter was going through this same mess. It didn't seem like anyone was on her side. She felt sooo helpless. The judge wouldn't even look at all of the paperwork she had brought to prove her case! Totally ignored this evidence that would have shown him that the baby was taken for no reason! Just awful!!!! You have our sympathies. Neither of us will ever get over what went on. And I will always be the first to understand the hopeless feelings that a parent has when their child or children have been stolen from their mother. I truly wish I could help you in some way. If I come across any information which might help you even in a small way, I'll post it here for you.
Thank you...I am still fighting my kids back
I found out a lot of info on that judge just don't have any one who will listen to me time will tell I go back to court June 9th maybe ill get my kids back then this whole dss thing has destroyed my whole family it makes me sick to know that these people get away with this stuff something has to be done to stop them.
elizabeth phillips

Canton, MA

#45 Aug 6, 2010
my nice pu her daugther in lowell dss. i have been telling the mother let me havet, my litter nie is 14yr. so her mom when to florida an live her in dss, now what can i do to get her with me, the mother give my name to then, but their saing that i need to go an pass a cory first. i dont think that it rigt. can some one give me a good attorny to help me get my baby girl. [email protected]
elizabeth phillips

Canton, MA

#46 Aug 6, 2010
please i need help elizabet.p

Duxbury, MA

#47 Aug 6, 2010
elizabeth phillips wrote:
please i need help elizabet.p
Hang on... My daughter has the name of a woman attorney from Chicopee. She is very good but you will be asked to give her a retainer which is money that you will have to give her up front, like a deposit. She will take her hourly fees out of that deposit and any money left after your case is resolved will go back to you. I will find out the lawyers name and the amount of money she asks for as her retainer and I'll post it here for you as soon as I find out. I know how upset you are right now but you need to pull yourself together and focus on getting any evidence to disprove DSS/CPS allegations. That will give your lawyer something to begin the fight. I'll get that info ASAP. OK?

Holyoke, MA

#49 Nov 30, 2010
well u know what we would need dss if people just took care of there fucken kid... if half of yall took care of ur kid from the beganning then u wouldnt have to deal with grow up and u got what u deserve.. u dont even deserve ur kids back

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#50 Jan 9, 2012
springfield413 wrote:
well u know what we would need dss if people just took care of there fucken kid... if half of yall took care of ur kid from the beganning then u wouldnt have to deal with grow up and u got what u deserve.. u dont even deserve ur kids back
I didn't have my kids taken away but I think you might deserve a little lesson in tolerance. Your comment tells me you know nothing about what your speaking. Not all of the women who have their kids taken are bad mothers. I've seen it happen and heard stories of to many women who didn't deserve to lose their kids and the really sad part is that the kids suffer for a system that makes money by adopting out kids under the age of one. Are you an expert on this subject. I've used the last 4 years of my life researching this subject. I'm an R.N. and have seen too much of this. Sometimes all it takes is for someone who has a grudge to complain and if you're poor, you're sunk. I never thought I'd say this to any mother but, Lady, I HOPE IT HAPPENS TO YOU then you'd become a bit less ignorant about this subject.

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#51 Jan 9, 2012
farkle wrote:
oh forgot i was from massachusetts and dss have a long way to go to fix the system there are cases where they don't move fast enough to take a child out of the home and the child ends up dead the system need a lot of work
You're right. It used to be that way. I remember two cases in particular. Both children died but these days Chid Protective Services gains a large sum of money for each child that they adopt out before the age of one. I sternly believe that kids should be taken when they are in jeopardy but CPS has too much power to act like the Gestapo, charge into someones home and actually steal kids away from their families, even when there are other family members eager to care for the kids.
Mary Thomson

Gloucester, MA

#52 Feb 9, 2012
I used to work with children and families as a therapist, social worker and helped families and children in therapy etc. This was at a residential school for "boys with behavioral and emotional challenges." I do have to say that I rarely met a family that had done right by their kids. In most cases and I mean almost all, the children had been physically, sexually and emotionally abused and the parents had just used the kids for their emotional needs etc etc. On one or two occassions there were parents who actually had their childrens well being in mind.

That being said, the foster care system which I also witnessed first hand was so horrible. Rarely a nice family. Either freaks looking to abuse kids or people who just wanted the money provided.. Is so sad that our society has not figured out how to respect small adults. We need to keep working on it. It starts with working our own issues out, taking responsibilities and avoiding having kids until you can really make it about them.
Mary Thomson

Gloucester, MA

#53 Feb 9, 2012
springfield413 wrote:
well u know what we would need dss if people just took care of there fucken kid... if half of yall took care of ur kid from the beganning then u wouldnt have to deal with grow up and u got what u deserve.. u dont even deserve ur kids back
A bit harshly stated friend but I have to agree in many cases. Some exceptions.
THAT girl

Herndon, VA

#54 Mar 23, 2012
My two younger siblings and I were taken about 12 years back. We were taken because my stepfather wanted us and reported our mother to social services. Unfortunately for him he was only the biological father of one of us and they said they wanted "to keep us together". Three years later when the parental rights were terminated our social worker told me that only my baby sister would be put up for adoption. My brother (5 yrs) and me (10 years) were to old so our foater parents were given legal gaurdianship. Then when I was 13, they said that we were gonna be put in a co-ed group home. Thankfully a local foster family were looking to adopt and fought for us. And i mean fought. There was a perfectly good family willing to adopt all three of us and social services said no. Took another two years to get the adoption. So i spent half my childhood without a family or a home because of a technicality. The foster system is bogus. Many other countries simply expect families to raise their children and it works great. Here we havethe government getting invovled in things they ahouldnt be, while ignoring children that need help. Like my foster. Brother. He was abused for years; it was his sisters death during a beting that finally got them the attention they needed. Its ridiculous

Chicopee, MA

#55 Apr 22, 2012
DSS is a bunch of pedophiles! They better stay far far away from my kids!
Never ending

Stowe, VT

#56 Jan 14, 2013
My ex-wife was protected by DSS which they said was a lie. Since then my two sons couldn't have anything to do with me. Their mother died last Mother's Day from drugs and alcohol. Now my kids have no parents because DSS created this broken family. atmosphere.

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