Alumna named to key child advocate post.

Maria Mossaides, a 1973 Mount Holyoke College graduate, has been named Massachusetts’s new child advocate.

A Boston Globe article on her appointment to the post by Governor Charlie Baker said she will fill “a key position that monitors and investigates the troubled state Department of Children and Families [DCF].”

Mossaides, the executive director of Cambridge Family and Children Service since 2008, will lead the Office of the Child Advocate “as DCF grapples with widespread management problems, soaring caseloads, and a pair of recent tragedies involving children who died or were abused under the department’s watch.”

Mossaides has decades of experience in the field, including service as a lawyer in the state child- welfare department and as acting commissioner of the state Office of Children.

Child-welfare specialists praised her appointment, the Globe noted. “Child welfare is my soul work,” she told a reporter.

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