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Gov. Charlie Baker announced sweeping changes at the Department of Children and Families Monday morning, saying "The work that will be done from this point forward will focus on one major objective: to keep kids safe."
These changes follow the tragic deaths and abuse of children, including 2-year-old Bella Bond, whose body was found on Deer Island — allegedly murdered by her mother's boyfriend.
While Baker is not the first governor who has tried to reform DCF, his proposed reforms have the buy-in from the Services Employees International Union, which represents the front-line DCF social workers.

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Steve Brown, WBUR's State House reporter. He tweets at @WBURSteve.

Peter MacKinnon, DCF chapter president of SEIU Local 509.

Suzin Bartley, executive director of Children's Trust Fund.

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The Boston Globe: Main Focus Of DCF Will Be To ‘Keep Kids Safe,’ Baker Says

  • “The DCF’s fundamental purpose is to keep kids safe,” Baker said at a State House news conference. “Let me repeat that: The work that will be done from this point forward will focus on one major objective — to keep kids safe.”

This segment aired on September 28, 2015.

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