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TITLE:   Common Ground
MA Department of Children & Families
DATE:   01/20/2011
DESCRIPTION:   During the first half of the show, host Steve Tompkins talks with MA Department of Children & Families Boston region director Valerie Lovelace–Graham about foster and adoptive care for children. The federal government sets national standards that every state must adhere to for receiving federal funding towards their programs. Valerie talked about the process of how a family would get involved with the Department of Children and Families and the importance of connecting children with other kin or close family members before being placed with a foster family. Valerie explains many of the different support services that DCF offers both foster kids and adoptive families that go through the DCF program.

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