Office of the Child Advocate Annual Report Fiscal Year 2017 [Massachusetts].
Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate.
State Resource Technical Report
Published: February 2018
Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate
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This 9th annual report discusses the activities and accomplishments of the Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) for Fiscal Year 2017, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Following a review of Fiscal Year 2017 accomplishments, the report provides a data snapshot of children in Massachusetts and provides information on the child abuse and neglect Complaint Line, abuse or neglect in out-of-home settings, Critical Incident Reports, legislative advocacy addressing the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and participation of the OCA on many boards and councils. Data reported indicate that during this reporting period, the OCA received 397 Complaint Line initial contacts, a decrease of 17% from the prior fiscal year. Of these contacts, 339 were complaint contacts and 58 were information and referral contacts. OCA reviewed 276 reports of abuse or neglect of children in out-of-home settings, 655 individual allegations of neglect, physical abuse, or sexual abuse were supported, and at least 429 children were the victims of these supported allegations. The OCA received the most reports from congregate care, child care, and foster care. The total number of supported reports in congregate care decreased by 11% from Fiscal Years 2016 to 2017, while the number of supported reports from child care increased by 11%. The total number of supported reports received from foster care decreased by almost 30%.
Massachusetts; foster children; child advocacy; child welfare reform; child safety; policy formation; child fatalities; child abuse; child neglect; residential care institutions; group homes; abusive foster parents; institutional abuse and neglect; authority figures as child abusers; statistics