A new report says incidents of child neglect in group homes in Massachusetts have increased by 55% in the past year.
The report from the state's Child Advocate's office says that at least 184 children were neglected in group homes during the last fiscal year. More than 10% of the children were 11 years old or younger.
Child Advocate Maria Mossaides tells The Boston Globe that the term "neglect" applies to a wide range of cases including situations when children didn't receive necessary medical care.
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Mossaides' office says five group homes had three or more reports of abuse or neglect. The office found that many of those homes had trouble with recruiting and retaining staff.
Mossaides' says that when the economy is better, there is a "high turnover."