Grafton D. Cushing, MSPCC Board President

Grafton D. Cushing, MSPCC Board President, inspires the agency to change its operating philosophy from enforcement to a prevention approach. Until then, MSPCC served as a supportive adjunct of the police and the courts. “Prevention of Cruelty to Children” had meant protecting abused and neglected children by taking them away from their families. MSPCC’s new approach to work with at-risk families to avoid children being removed created a sensation not only in Massachusetts, but throughout the nation. Other child abuse prevention agencies found this change in philosophy to be extremely radical.

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