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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2008 |
Police are looking for the family of a baby girl found crawling alone on a sidewalk. Officer Kate Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday that the girl is about 6 months old and in good health. Lopez said the baby was found Monday in the Newton neighborhood. Police believe she had not been left alone for long. The girl has been placed under the care of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Lopez said police hope to locate relatives to care for the girl.
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.
July 23, 2006
Re "Accord Hikes Foster Care Budget," July 18 As a former ward of the state, I am overjoyed at the attention and resources headed to California's foster care system. At 28, having been out of the system just over 10 years and made something of myself, I hope that other youths coming through the current broken system won't have to endure what I did and see some of the things that I saw. Although it is true that we need more social workers, what the system really needs is a better screening process for foster parents and more supervision over group homes, which often neglect and further abuse the children they are supposed to be protecting.