Gov. Baker: Police logs should be reviewed

More social workers are being hired to spread caseloads

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Following the recent death of a foster child in Auburn, Governor Charlie Baker says police logs should be reviewed during DCF checks.

The Baker administration learned the Auburn foster mother was visited by police several times before she was licensed to care for foster children. He admitted many of the 911 calls were made by the woman about vandalism and other neighborhood issues.

Governor Baker said they’re trying to spread out caseloads by hiring more social workers, but are struggling to keep up with demand. He said, “The caseload over the past year and a half has gone up by about 30% which is an unprecedented spike. As a result we’ve barely been able to keep up with the pace we’ve been hiring social workers.”

Baker said they’ve hired about 200 social workers since he took office.

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