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January 29, 2014

In speech, Mass. Gov. reflects on past, future

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Patrick made only a brief reference in his speech to the Department of Families and Children, under intense scrutiny after social workers lost track of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver.

“It’s inexcusable to lose any child we are charged with protecting,” he said. Patrick earlier asked the Child Welfare League of America to conduct an independent review of the agency and included more than $9 million in his state budget proposal to bolster staff and reduce caseload at DCF.

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