Mass. family demands to get their daughter sooner

BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts Child Welfare officials released a plan for the return of a Connecticut girl to her family. Officials laid out 4 conditions the family must meet before Justina Pelletier can possibly return home.

On the State House steps, the Pelletier family demanded a hard deadline to regain custody of their daughter. The Pelletier’s met with Health of Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz Monday afternoon.

Justina is still under DCF care and will be transferred to a residential treatment program in her home state of Connecticut next week.

DCF wants the Pelletier’s to visit their daughter at the behavioral facility, comply with a Tufts Medical Center care plan, and participate in family therapy.

The Pelletier family is outraged that no hard deadline was set for the return of their daughter.

Reverend Patrick Mahoney from Washington, D.C. is serving as the family’s spokesman. He said, “They’re willing to work on any plan to get her back. But would anyone submit to a plan in which there are no dates and no commitments?”

The family is hoping Justina will be returned by May 24th, Justina’s 16th birthday. It’s been 15 months since the family lost custody of their daughter over disputes with Boston Children’s Hospital and DCF over Justina’s illness.

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