DCF and Deval's Lack of Leadership

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    DCF and Deval's Lack of Leadership

    It is becoming clearer that Deval Patrick has already moved on...checked out ..if you will. It seems that lately he has to be led kicking and screaming to do his job.


    Nowhere is that more evident than the DCF debacle that has been going on for months now. Olga Roche..who should have been fired months ago...finally gave her resignation yesterday. This..only after Speaker DeLeo and other high profile lawmakers let it be known publicly that they have had enough.


    Ironic that Roche, who was appointed as in interim, was given the job around the same time that it was going completely unnoticed that Jeremiah Oliver had been missing for more than a month.


    Yes..DCF has lost tremendous amounts of funding over the past few years...but that doesn't fly as an excuse. As a leader, Roche should have put processes and policies in place that would have streamlined inefficiencies. She should have given the green light to implement technology updates that would ensure safety and efficiency. The idea that DCF was still relying on faxes for 51A filings is simply beyond belief and inexcusable.


    Roche was ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of DCF yet at yesterday's press conference, Deval does what Deval does best. He blamed the victims..in this case the taxpayers and citizens of the State of Massachusetts. He protected yet again another incompetent department head that he appointed. The disdain he shows for the people , families and children of this state is tiresome.


    Erin Deveney will do a good job as interim...but the job should not be hers permanently. A national search should be conducted and the best candidate for the job should be selected....this mean hiring someone from the outside who is not part of the problem.


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    Gov Patrick seemed more irritated at the press briefing yesterday in that he was forced to act then trying to lead the state through the problem.  The Gov wanted to slide out of office quietly and not leave with things in turmoil if he has aspirations for higher office.


    The Gov really needs to get engaged in the DCF debacle; its an opportunity to take charge, lead and set a new direction for a floundering agency.  It appears that more resources were spent legally kidnapping the Pelletier girl from her parents then focused on doing the core business of the agency.


    In a crisis like this there are leadership opportunities or in Gov Deval's case there are opportunities to prove what people are already thinking about you.


    ...the man who really counts in the world is the doer,...  TR 1891

     
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    So he's taking a page out of Mitt Romney's playbook of Governing.

     
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    It is becoming clearer that Deval Patrick has already moved on...checked out ..if you will. It seems that lately he has to be led kicking and screaming to do his job.


     


    Nowhere is that more evident than the DCF debacle that has been going on for months now. Olga Roche..who should have been fired months ago...finally gave her resignation yesterday. This..only after Speaker DeLeo and other high profile lawmakers let it be known publicly that they have had enough.


     


    Ironic that Roche, who was appointed as in interim, was given the job around the same time that it was going completely unnoticed that Jeremiah Oliver had been missing for more than a month.


     


    Yes..DCF has lost tremendous amounts of funding over the past few years...but that doesn't fly as an excuse. As a leader, Roche should have put processes and policies in place that would have streamlined inefficiencies. She should have given the green light to implement technology updates that would ensure safety and efficiency. The idea that DCF was still relying on faxes for 51A filings is simply beyond belief and inexcusable.


     


    Roche was ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of DCF yet at yesterday's press conference, Deval does what Deval does best. He blamed the victims..in this case the taxpayers and citizens of the State of Massachusetts. He protected yet again another incompetent department head that he appointed. The disdain he shows for the people , families and children of this state is tiresome.


     


    Erin Deveney will do a good job as interim...but the job should not be hers permanently. A national search should be conducted and the best candidate for the job should be selected....this mean hiring someone from the outside who is not part of the problem.


     


    "It is not down in any map...trueplaces never are...." ( Melville)


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    Roche took over as the Oliver case was unravelling, there isn't much she could have done about that especially if she wasn't getting accurate information.  Implementing department wide policies is an onerous task that requires substantial effort to understand the current state of the organization, its workflows, and pain points.  From there new operating procedures have to be formulated, vetted by management, communicated to reporting staff, revised any number of times, and then finally implemented and implementation can be a long arduous task in and of itself.  Blaming her for not completing that herculean task right as a major scandal was unfolding is completely unrealistic, especially if you are going to dismiss the very real consequences of reduced funding and increased workload on the individual case workers.  They had a job to do and several people failed and a child paid for it for his life, but squeezing workers in a field where a bad parent has all the time in the world to do harm to a child while the worker may only see that child once a week, AT BEST, is asking the impossible.  Its like asking police to actively anticipate and prevent crime.  


     

     
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    DCF's problems are more than just who is at the top. According to a recent Globe article 100s of kids under DCF's watch could be missing.


     


    The way the state deals with children and families needs to be examined top to bottom, but there are too many vested interests to expect that to happen. There are so many contrary signals sent to people about having children and families. For instance, it is a fact that children are better off in a two-parent household. I am not saying they are married, just two parents. Yet when we support a single mother with benefits, if she takes on a partner, we take away the benefits, at least that is what I understand.  Smoking with a kid in the car is abuse but having one when you can't afford to support it isn"t?


     


    Basically the way it is done now breeds poverty, dependence and abuse. It is unfair to the recipients and the taxpayers.


    And the fact they are behind the curve in utilizing technology is typical of a government agency. From local government to the IRS and even the Pentagon, they are saddled with crappp that is ancient history. Of course the NSA and a few others are ahead of us all but as a rule government and technology are like oil and water. $600million plus for ACA website and it doesn't work.


    All reasons why government should be limited and why the way we work with children and families in a state of need should be reconstructed to keep them out and on their own, not in the tortured mess of a DCF.

     
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    DCF's problems are more than just who is at the top. According to a recent Globe article 100s of kids under DCF's watch could be missing.


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


    The way the state deals with children and families needs to be examined top to bottom, but there are too many vested interests to expect that to happen. There are so many contrary signals sent to people about having children and families. For instance, it is a fact that children are better off in a two-parent household. I am not saying they are married, just two parents. Yet when we support a single mother with benefits, if she takes on a partner, we take away the benefits, at least that is what I understand.  Smoking with a kid in the car is abuse but having one when you can't afford to support it isn"t?


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


    Basically the way it is done now breeds poverty, dependence and abuse. It is unfair to the recipients and the taxpayers.


     


     


     





    Sterilize all the poor people right now!


     


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    Too bad it is too late for your mom.


    Could you at least try to think of something useful? All you do is support broken programs that end up in the deaths of kids and continued poverty.


     

     
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    So he's taking a page out of Mitt Romney's playbook of Governing.


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    "But, but...your guy"


     

     
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    I think I'll open a bottle of champagne when he's out.


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    We agree on something. Maybe not for the same reasons.

     
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    .....reason 99999 that I did not vote for that man, Deval Patrick.


     

     
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    shows how much gov should stay out of it. Why is no one blaming the families who killed those kids? The nanny state of taxachusetts hard at work.

     
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    Those caterwauling that the DCF hasn't done enough to protect 'at risk' children will be the same people caterwauling when the DCF makes adjustments and are now interfering too much with the rights of parents.

     
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    Funny that the Big Government/Personal Responsibility people are blaming the government for these kids dying.  The anti-Nanny staters are blaming the Government for not being a very good Nanny.


    Personally, I blame the parents. 

     
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    So he's taking a page out of Mitt Romney's playbook of Governing.


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    pathetically so.

     
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    shows how much gov should stay out of it. Why is no one blaming the families who killed those kids? The nanny state of taxachusetts hard at work.


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    Wait...what?? Who said that? I never said that. We don't even know the whole story behind one of the infant deaths.


    My point was that if you are going to have an agency...funded by taxpayer dollars...to help protect children...then make sure you are doing that to the best of your ability.

     
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    Honestly, I'm surprised there aren't more incidents given the size and scope of the problem that needs monitoring and the imprecise nature of the work.


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    Social workers for DCF do not have an easy job. It is high stress and low support( poor leadership). One has to make assessments about situations knowing the wrong choice could result in tragedy.


    Part of the overall problem with DCF is that their goal of "keeping families together" seems to be overriding what I see should be their goal..and that is keeping children safe.

     
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    Those caterwauling that the DCF hasn't done enough to protect 'at risk' children will be the same people caterwauling when the DCF makes adjustments and are now interfering too much with the rights of parents.


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    I am not caterwauling that they haven't done enough. I am saying from a leadership perspective that the agency has been set up to fail. Not enough resources or support from leadership..not enough processes in place to ensure efficiency and safety.


    Now..we hear that Olga Roche is going to stay on as a "paid consultant" at her current salary of 137K. One can only shake their head at the arrogance of our state leadership. The agency could hire 3 additional social workers for that money..alleviating caseloads. Yet another part of the problem.

     
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    Those caterwauling that the DCF hasn't done enough to protect 'at risk' children will be the same people caterwauling when the DCF makes adjustments and are now interfering too much with the rights of parents.


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    I am not caterwauling that they haven't done enough. I am saying from a leadership perspective that the agency has been set up to fail. Not enough resources or support from leadership..not enough processes in place to ensure efficiency and safety.


    Now..we hear that Olga Roche is going to stay on as a "paid consultant" at her current salary of 137K. One can only shake their head at the arrogance of our state leadership. The agency could hire 3 additional social workers for that money..alleviating caseloads. Yet another part of the problem.


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    Mass bureaucrats do one thing extremely well; they take care of their own. I know of a number of run out of town bureaucrats who remain on as "consultants" usually while they position themselves for a better pension option. This is done through manipulating their various public sector employment durations and what plan works best to retire from.

     
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    Mass bureaucrats do one thing extremely well; they take care of their own. I know of a number of run out of town bureaucrats who remain on as "consultants" usually while they position themselves for a better pension option. This is done through manipulating their various public sector employment durations and what plan works best to retire from.


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    Sadly..you are spot on with the above statement. I have lived most of my life in this state and it's been going on for as long as I can remember. 

     
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    Re: DCF and Deval's Lack of Leadership

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    It is becoming clearer that Deval Patrick has already moved on...checked out ..if you will. It seems that lately he has to be led kicking and screaming to do his job.


     


    Nowhere is that more evident than the DCF debacle that has been going on for months now. Olga Roche..who should have been fired months ago...finally gave her resignation yesterday. This..only after Speaker DeLeo and other high profile lawmakers let it be known publicly that they have had enough.


     


    Ironic that Roche, who was appointed as in interim, was given the job around the same time that it was going completely unnoticed that Jeremiah Oliver had been missing for more than a month.


     


    Yes..DCF has lost tremendous amounts of funding over the past few years...but that doesn't fly as an excuse. As a leader, Roche should have put processes and policies in place that would have streamlined inefficiencies. She should have given the green light to implement technology updates that would ensure safety and efficiency. The idea that DCF was still relying on faxes for 51A filings is simply beyond belief and inexcusable.


     


    Roche was ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of DCF yet at yesterday's press conference, Deval does what Deval does best. He blamed the victims..in this case the taxpayers and citizens of the State of Massachusetts. He protected yet again another incompetent department head that he appointed. The disdain he shows for the people , families and children of this state is tiresome.


     


    Erin Deveney will do a good job as interim...but the job should not be hers permanently. A national search should be conducted and the best candidate for the job should be selected....this mean hiring someone from the outside who is not part of the problem.


     


    "It is not down in any map...trueplaces never are...." ( Melville)


    [/QUOTE]DEVAL runs with the same PLAYBOOK as the "BIG O" !!!


     
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    [/QUOTE]DEVAL runs with the same PLAYBOOK as the "BIG O" !!!



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    Not quite Bill...Obama's got to sink quite a ways to be as bad as Deval.

     

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