KEVIN CULLEN is correct that Olga Roche, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, should take full responsibility and perhaps resign (“Olga Roche should fall on her sword,” Metro, Feb. 21). The bigger problem, however, is the chronic underfunding of this department, putting enormous pressure on front-line staff and their charges, the children and families of DCF. Since this underfunding problem resides with the Legislature and ultimately with the public, perhaps we should all fall on our swords as well for having failed these children and their families.
Although money alone cannot fix all that ails the DCF, proper funding will give managers and social workers more tools and a lower caseload to assist families and prevent more tragedies. We need to do more than just say we care about vulnerable children and families. Society’s reward will be a happier and more productive populace later.