Massachusetts DSS (DCF) Law
A 51A Report is in response to a state law that requires professionals who have contact with children (such as doctors, nurses, schoolteachers, police officers, or child care workers) to inform DSS (DCF) if they suspect that a child is being abused or neglected. These individuals must report suspected child abuse or neglect, or they can be fined. The law also allows other individuals, such as a relative, friend, or neighbor, to file a 51A report if they suspect a child has been abused or neglected. A 51A report is made on behalf of a children, it is not made against a parent or a family.
If someone files a 51A report, DSS (DCF) is mandated to investigate. This investigation can find that the report is supported or unsubstantiated. Consult with us if you have received a 51A Report notification from DSS (DCF). James M. Ianiri, LLC will assist you with protecting you and your children's rights.