(BOSTON) – State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) recently offered remarks in an interview to NBC10 Boston’s investigative team regarding her bill that would require a judge to review a child’s removal from a home during hours when courthouses are closed. This key oversight would ensure that sound decisions are made by the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) at critical moments and that the well-being of each child remains central in these decision-making processes.

Representative Meschino sat down with NBC10’s Ryan Kath to discuss the proposed “timely court oversight” legislation, which is one of multiple children and family bills that she plans to re-file in the new 193rd Legislative Session.

“Any time government takes that step to intervene [with an emergency removal], we owe it to ourselves and to those families to be thoughtful,” said Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull). “It seems like an obvious and reasonable thing. It is an important opportunity for key oversight to make sure we are making good decisions at critical moments.”

The full NBC10 Boston investigative article can be found here.