Libertarian Association of Massachusetts
Standing for the Average American
Robert Underwood For State Representative
Ninth Hampden District
83 Cherrelyn St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Legislature appropriates funds for DCF.
It allows DCF to Circumvent the Courts
The Governor, while stating concerned about illegal aliens being separated from their children in immigration raids funds DCF to seize children from their parents without showing cause in a court of law
Social Workers can seize children from their families
The parents may not know who made the decision, nor where the children are.
Children are usually seized on a Friday afternoon or a holiday week end.
That gives the DCF people time to get the child to incriminate the parent before the courts open
DCF is allowed to break the laws and not appear in court within the time allowed
The Commissioner of Human services continues to keep his job with the support of Republicrats in the the legislature and the governor
DCF has a system of Anonymous phone calls. DCF acts on phone calls, from criminals or accused criminals. They never divulge who calls them, nor do they divulge the accuracy of the call, nor the character of those making the call.
Gangsters use the anonymous call system to threaten potential witnesses against them. Witnesses and victims may have their children taken from them by DCF in obedience to calls from a criminal.
DCF shows up under police guard and takes the kids away to destinations unknown
Lawyers and consultants are paid to represent the children and the parents. While there are some attorneys who do a good job, many just bill the state merely for repeating the charges of the social worker, who may be responding to a phone call from criminals
Foster homes are also paid about $800 per child. Since all information is confidential “for the children” It is never known if there is are relationship between the caller and the foster parent
The legislature just ignores the violations of human rights committed by DCF. They ignore the possible misuse of the circumventing of the courts and the possibility of its being used to harm innocent people
While the governor is concerned about rights for illegal aliens, through the Commissioner who violates the rights of citizens of the United States.
The general public sees DCF as a benevolent institution which helps neglected children. There has never been an independent evaluation as to whether all those children really needed to be removed from their home.
Everything is kept so confidential that little information about wrong doing gets out. The number of actual people it “serves” is exaggerated by skilful statistic building on the part of DCF. People may have cases closed after a few months only to have them reopened weeks later. So one person could be the cause of 3 or more cases in a year.
While the juvenile courts may response to pressure, they are generally tolerant of abuses by DCF. For instance, I have yet to read of a DCF worker going to jail for taking a child away and not asking the court for a hearing in the time required.
No judge has ever questioned why so many child seizures are done on a Friday afternoon. They would just as soon be ignorant of the problem so they do not have to help solve it.
No judge ever questions why there was such a big emergency that warranted gestapo like raids to seize children.
The failure of the courts to reign in DCF has been at best disappointing.
Vote Your Liberty
Ninth Hampden District
DCF is beyond hope of reform. It should be abolished. Some foster homes will still be needed. Some emergency care for children will still be needed. The the agency in charge o f those facilities should not be allowed to circumvent the courts.
The anonymous call system is pure fascism. Police respond to anonymous calls for investigation , but we do note put people in jail without a trial and evidence. They are better suited to handle the emergencies, they already do anyway.
Department of Children& Families DCF
Formerly DSS - Department of Social Service