CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 |
Two hungry children were wandering the streets of South Los Angeles alone last week when they walked into a liquor store, searching for a loaf of bread. At one point, they nearly headed across busy Manchester Boulevard until a passerby intervened. The children's ages: 2 and 3. Both wore soiled diapers when authorities picked them up. This week, officials acknowledged that the children and their mother had been under the direct supervision of Los Angeles County's child protective services agency.
September 16, 2009 |
Gerardo R., as he is known in court documents, never beat his children. He did not torture them or stab them or brutalize them. He was a loving father who'd always been a part of his children's lives -- and when their mother lost custody, he immediately stepped forward. But he had to fight for his children's right to live with him. Why? Because he was unable to afford housing deemed satisfactory to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. For that, his children were denied the chance to live with their father and even had their right to have him in their lives terminated forever, until a California appellate court intervened.
November 24, 2002
Many thanks to Judge Michael Nash for his eloquently written Nov. 20 commentary, "Kids in Search of Open Doors and Open Hearts." As a longtime volunteer in the foster-care system, I can attest to the lack of adequate foster homes as well as to the incredible resiliency of the children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves part of this system. There is no happier experience than participating in or attending adoption day. When I hear about international or private adoptions, though I know the families' hearts are in the right place, I feel sad for the children in L.A. County who end up being left behind.
May 14, 2005
Re "Foster Children Slept in Office," May 7: My husband and I are engaged in the process of becoming licensed foster parents with the intent of adopting a child from the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services. We have made what at times feels like herculean efforts to meet the numerous county and state requirements, including securing child care for our preschool age (biological) children in order to attend 33 hours of parent training, suffering background checks and resigning ourselves to a life under siege prior to (e.g.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2011 |
Los Angeles County's severe backlog of child abuse investigations is largely resolved — ending a crisis that once involved more than 15,000 children and contributed to the ouster of a Department of Children and Family Services director. A recent report by the department said roughly 2,000 children remain involved in cases that have not been resolved within the state's deadline for completion, but many of have complex circumstances that require more time. "This has been accomplished by the hard work of so many staff," said Philip Browning, the department's interim director, noting that the agency will continue to employ special temporary staff to contain the problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2009 |
A 2-year-old girl who was found dead in Athens this weekend had been in foster care along with her mother, who is also a minor, authorities said Sunday. The girl, who was identified as Jasmine Granados, was found after firefighters were summoned about 2:50 a.m. Saturday to a residence in the 1200 block of West 93rd Street. Officials with the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Sunday that an autopsy was pending. Meanwhile, the circumstances of the girl's death remained murky.