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Hopeful signs for LA County children yet even one death is too many

There is no need to be baffled by what has been accomplished in the last year. Even though all the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission, a committee appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to improve the child welfare system, have not been fully implemented, they outline how the deaths of children in the care of DCFS can be further reduced and hopefully eliminated.

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2015 is the Time for Renewed Focus on the Ailing LA County Child Welfare System

The Los Angeles Times reported recently that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has renewed its commitment to addressing the recommendations of the much-anticipated report by a Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection. This renewed attention by the Supervisors on this issue so soon in the new year may seem like a New Year’s resolution. We can only hope that it will not have the same fate as many New Year’s resolutions that fail because of a lack of will or commitment.

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Why we need to back this new plan right now

As I was walking in front of the administration building this week I noticed a woman who I assumed was a county social worker introducing herself to a number of our residents. Approaching the group was one of our adolescent…

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Foster care failure

The most recent article in the Los Angeles Times series entitled, “The Child Mill,” exposed yet another failed organization that seemingly took advantage of the funding in the foster care system to benefit itself with little regard for the children…

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If you see something, say something

This week on Tuesday the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to establish a Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in light of the recent death of a child in its care….

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