The Mass Dept. of Child Kidnapping, er Child and Family Services, (DCF
) has a process to challenge their findings of abuse or neglect, after they do the traditional shoddy investigation. It is called a “fair hearing”, a laughable title if there ever was one, because one of their own lawyers runs the hearing. At the beginning of each hearing, the DCF lawyer dutifully states that he has no interest or bias in the outcome, even though he or she is being paid by one of the parties in the dispute. Ah, the perks of power.
Anyway, seems like DCF is way, way behind in writing the decisions or judgments from these hearings. See this Boston Herald Article.
Not only that, but they overturn a fourth of the cases challenged, meaning that even under their low standards, a fourth of the investigations were flawed and wrong.