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Information about the Department of Children and Families.  Includes general reference and policy information.  Focus is on DCF's effectiveness in meeting its mandate to try to keep children safely within their homes and families before considering other placements. 

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Child Welfare/COVID-19 Coalition

05/21/2020 - MLRI
Mission We are a group of advocates, attorneys, and child welfare experts who have come together to help ensure the Commonwealth... Read more

Federal Poverty Guidelines - 2021

01/19/2021 - MLRI
The charts below set forth the annual, monthly and weekly 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines (based on HHS thresholds).  In... Read more

In the Matter of FH, FH# 2017-0386

02/26/2018 - Nicholas Holahan
Reversed - DCF did not have reasonable cause to believe that the child had been neglected where: (1) Appellant's young child was found with... Read more

In the Matter of JK, FH# 2018-0013

03/27/2018 - Anne L. Dale Nialetz
Affirmed - DCF had reasonable cause to believe that the child was neglected where the mother testified that there was a long history of... Read more