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Another foster child found dead in Massachusetts

Massachusetts experienced yet another black mark against its Department of Children and Families agency. This month, another toddler died in the custody of a foster home licensed by the state. Governor Baker promised to launch a thorough investigation into the circumstances behind the death of a girl, 2, and the discovery of another unresponsive toddler, not yet 2.

Police arrived at the Auburn home after being summoned when their foster mother placed a call to 911. Prosecutors are now investigating the case.

Officials declared that the home was licensed to provide foster care in 2014. On Aug. 12, caseworkers visited the home, just three days prior to the child's death.

The governor ordered officials to wrap up the investigation by the end of next month in order to "start making recommendations" on ways to improve children's services at the state agency.

The godmother of the deceased toddler gave an interview expressing concern about the little girl's well-being.

"Her hair was filthy. [S]he wouldn't let go of this [dirt-covered] doll. Why was she living like that?"

Circumstances surrounding the death remain murky. Officials claim to be testing the air quality inside and say the autopsy was done. However, no conclusions have been made about the cause of death.

The other child is still in critical condition, according to the Worcester County District Attorney's Office's spokesman. There were a total of six minor children living in the home, three of whom were foster children placed by the state.

This death is the most recent in a series of deaths of kids under the supervision of the Department of Children and Families, leading to calls for reform.

If you are a parent with a child in foster care, you have every right to be worried for their safety amidst a system that is seriously broken. It can be a real struggle to regain custody of a child in state custody, and your chances might improve with assistance from a skilled family law attorney unafraid to take on the Department of Social Services.

Source: Yahoo News, "Massachusetts governor vows full probe of foster child's death," Jacqueline Tempera, Reuters, Aug. 17, 2015

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