By Elizabeth Hewitt
For Vermont Digger
The shooting of veteran social worker Lara Sobel as she left work just over a week ago prompted an outpouring of blog posts and online comments.
Many commenters expressed grief for Sobel, solidarity with social workers and support for state employees. But other comments ranged from sympathetic to hateful. Some likened the Department for Children and Families to a “Nazi style agency.”
DCF officials and advocates say that child protection requires shared understanding and cooperation between child protective service providers, families and a broader community. However, a dearth of support structures can leave parents involved with the child protection system feeling lonely, confused and inadequately represented.