More than two dozen registered sex offenders lived at addresses that matched those of foster children, according to a state audit that turned up a host of management problems at the state Department of Children and Families. The review, conducted by State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump, examined the period between July 2010 and September 2012, a year before the department came under intense scrutiny for losing track of Jeremiah Oliver, a 5-year-old boy from Fitchburg who is now feared dead. The findings add to a growing list of concerns about the agency, which is charged with protecting 36,000 abused and neglected children.

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