Children typically have a state-provided safety net if they're left without a suitable parent—especially when they've been abused. But what about the elderly adult or someone who suffers from a disability or mental illness? Who do they turn to? Who takes care of them, and who pays for it? These are some of the many questions the Commonwealth is trying to answer.
Last year alone Adult Protective Services investigated more than 17,000 reports of adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation, with about 1,800 of them perpetrated by family members.