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Olga Roche named acting commissioner of DCF

The Providers' Council just received word that Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary John W. Polanowicz has named Olga Roche as acting commissioner for the Department of Children and Families.

Check out the full announcement from Secretary Polanowicz:

Today, I am pleased to announce Olga Roche as acting commissioner of the Department of Children and Families. Olga is an experienced health and human services administrator with more than 30 years of management experience in child welfare and juvenile justice.

Olga has served as DCF deputy commissioner for field operations since 2007, helping the Patrick-Murray Administration advance programs to assist thousands of families in becoming stronger and better prepared to protect and nurture their children.

Today’s announcement follows the departure of Angelo McClain, who recently left DCF to lead the National Association of Social Workers in Washington D.C.

As deputy commissioner, Olga oversaw 29 area offices and 3,000 employees. During this time, DCF field offices increased the number of children placed with relatives by nearly 30 percent and completed over 700 adoptions annually. Olga has also worked for DCF in previous roles as regional director of the northern region and area director of the Lawrence, North Central and Worcester area offices.

She also brings extensive experience in juvenile justice, having served as a manager and direct care worker with the Department of Youth Services over six years. She is fluent in Spanish and has worked in Puerto Rico as a probation officer in the Juvenile Court of Guayama, and as adjunct professor at Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

A licensed social worker, Olga holds a Masters of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas; and a Bachelors of Social Work from Catholic University of Puerto Rico. She is a resident of Worcester.

Please join me in welcoming Olga to her new role as acting commissioner of DCF.

Thank you,

John W. Polanowicz
Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services