The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families is in desperate need of foster and adoptive homes. They have made specific recruitment efforts for families who are LGBTQ headed, culturally competent with children of color, and disability positive.
Despite this, a local foster and adoptive family has found themselves in the midst of a traumatic and expensive legal situation after raising concerns about how their children were being affected by a social worker's lack of understanding of same-sex parents, Jewish practices, children of color, and children with disabilities.
The family, who has previously adopted from DCF with no issues, suddenly faced an abuse/neglect investigation right as they planned to finalize the adoption of a sibling group placed with them. The family hired a private attorney specializing in DCF matters. The investigation found that the family did nothing wrong, and specifically noted findings of bias and stereotyping as well as knowingly false information provided by professionals. The family eventually received a hearing decision stating that there were no grounds to remove the children.
Despite DCF's previous findings and determinations, the licensing unit is refusing to relicense the family to adopt their sibling pair or to foster or adopt future children. The decision cites disproven abuse/neglect events as having occurred, and cites accusing a worker of bias as unacceptable behavior. The family will now be addressing the matter in the court system.
The family has so far accrued more than $20,000 in legal and consultation expenses. The family was already a low-income family supporting complex needs before these events added additional trauma and stress.
The family and those assisting with organizing are asking that you feel free to share this link with anyone who may be able to help financially or help spread the word, but to please not share any identifying information when doing so in order to protect the children's privacy. Thank you for your sensitivity and for any assistance you are able to offer. All funds raised will go directly toward expenses.