Ex-criminals allowed to care for foster kids

(WWLP) – A new report reveals that criminal convictions may not disqualify Massachusetts adults from becoming foster parents.

Armed assault, drug trafficking, or even soliciting sex from a minor or prostitute are among the Department of Children and Families’ forgivable offenses for potential foster parents. They are just a few of the more than 100 crimes adults could be convicted of and still be cleared to bring at-risk kids into their homes, according to the Boston Herald.

While DCF officials said that they haven’t cleared many people who’d committed crimes on the list, they couldn’t say exactly how many had been approved over the past couple years. One parent told 22News that there simply can’t be any chances taken when it comes to caring for our kids.

“This poor child has been discarded once, why would we put that child in harm’s way or give them any more grief in their life?” John Beaulieu of Chicopee said.

There has been a lot of criticism of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families after Jeremiah Oliver of Fitchburg, who was supposed to be under their protection, disappeared in the fall. Police believe the five year-old has died.

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