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Man in the Middle

Harry Spence's handling of the high-profile death of one child and the beating of another made him a target for critics of the state's social services. Five years into his term, his plan for reform is hardly quieting those opponents.

Harry Spence, a father of three, says that his position as head of DSS has reminded him that 'parenting is the hardest job in the world.'
Harry Spence, a father of three, says that his position as head of DSS has reminded him that "parenting is the hardest job in the world." (Globe Photo / John Soares) Globe Photo / John Soares
By James Sullivan
June 25, 2006

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Harry Spence has been a reluctant newsmaker lately. The commissioner of the state Department of Social Services was at the center of the case of Haleigh Poutre, an 11-year-old DSS charge who fell into a coma last September after allegedly being beaten by her adoptive mother and stepfather. The DSS, citing medical experts, advocated taking her off life support but ... (Full article: 970 words)

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