Mary McGeown, president of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, says that children grow up best with their parents (“Patrick backs DCF after baby’s death,” Page A1, July 12). Perhaps she would reconsider that statement if she had to explain to 3-month-old Anthony Gideika Jr. that his twin brother is dead, allegedly at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, and that little Anthony’s 3-year-old brother resides in foster care.
The evidence suggests that children grow up better in the context of families, provided that there is a consistent, stable, and loving adult who will nurture that child. Jennifer Nelson gave birth to twins three months ago who tested positive for drugs. Her older child was removed from the home a year ago. How did caseworkers determine that this was a safe environment within which children could thrive?