Thursday, May 29, 2014

House Minority Leader Brad Jones’ Statement on Child Welfare League of America’s Recommendations

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today in response to recommendations made by the Child Welfare League of America for the Department of Children and Families:

“I thank the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) for its work in making recommendations for repairing and improving the embattled Department of Children and Families (DCF). With the release of this report, I look forward to the opportunity to review the CWLA’s observations and  join with my colleagues in the House to determine how best to proceed with the implementation of the recommendations. 

Contained in today’s report are a number of targeted measures and solutions needed to ensure the safety and well-being of the Commonwealth’s youngest and most vulnerable individuals and families. While the suggestions of the CWLA are an excellent starting point, I strongly believe the conversation surrounding how best to reform DCF must continue to evolve. 

In the coming days and weeks, the House of Representatives will undoubtedly address the systemic issues plaguing DCF. The debate will be passionate, and at certain times, along party lines. However, it is imperative that the Legislature be united in our resolve to protect the children and families of Massachusetts.”