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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 child welfare investigation delays are unacceptable

If your children reported that they had been mistreated or assaulted in any way, it wouldn’t take long for you to address the issue and assure your children that they would be kept safe. Then why is it that children…

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Why this decision by a children’s judge called for order in the court

A while back I asked a trusted advisor what would be the most effective  way to influence the child welfare system, he responded by saying that I should get involved in the judicial system where so many decisions are made…

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Why this maintenance failure is making headlines

The recent headline in the Los Angeles Times said it all: “Plight of 2 toddlers puts spotlight on L.A. County family program.” The lead identified toddlers found wandering the busy streets of South LA, hungry, dirty and neglected, mom oblivious to their absence, and…

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