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DCF Commissioner Roche attends hearing

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Department of Children and Families Commissioner Olga Roche faced tough questions on Thursday during a hearing at the State House.

Olga Roche was questioned for hours by the house committee investigating the tragic case of missing five year-old Jeremiah Oliver from Fitchburg.

Jeremiah has been missing since September after his older sister reported his disappearance to a teacher.

Three DCF workers have been fired for going months without checking on five year-old Jerimiah despite reports of abuse.

The committee chairman told Commissioner Olga Roche he is now worried about the other 36 thousand children DCF serves every day.

Roche insisted the problem was taken care.

“All those children have been visited and have been insured that their safety has been secured.” said Roche.

Chairman David Linsky says the problem at DCF is much deeper.

“There’s a systemic problem anytime an agency loses track of a five year-old boy who is entrusted to the care and protection of that agency.” Linsky said Thursday.

Roche says she's confident the Governor's proposal for a 9.2 million dollar budget increase will help prevent cases like Jeremiah Oliver from happening again.

Chairman David Linsky says he believes it will take more than money to solve the problem at DCF.

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