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DCF found to have missed many visits

Social workers at the state Department of Children and Families apparently failed to make nearly 1 in 5 of their required monthly home visits in 2013, says a report released Thursday that highlights a lapse central to the case of a missing 5-year-old Fitchburg boy who is feared dead.

The report — by the Office of the Child Advocate, an independent agency that investigated the department’s mishandling of the case of Jeremiah Oliver — suggested that the failure to regularly check on families may be widespread, going beyond a few rogue workers who failed for seven months to ensure that visits were made to Jeremiah and his family.

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