March 12, 2009
For years, thousands of California youths were abused or neglected twice over -- first by parents who couldn't or wouldn't provide basic care, then by governmental agencies that sent them to live with strangers instead of extended family, only to cut them off from all support on their 18th birthdays.
September 17, 2010 |
A partner in a large Los Angeles law firm and a 17-year-old kid from Compton wouldn't appear to have a lot in common. But both of our lives have been indelibly marked by the violence and neglect in our early lives, and changed by California's foster care system. So we speak from experience when we urge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign a bill (AB 12) that would enable our state to collect federal dollars dedicated to boosting foster kids' chances of success. Miles was kidnapped and held for days by drug dealers in Sacramento when he was 2 years old, and at just 5 years old found his mother dead of a drug overdose.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1992 |
The county Department of Children's Services, despite its progress toward correcting serious flaws in child welfare programs, will not regain the authority to license foster care homes soon, state officials told a government watchdog panel Wednesday. High-ranking officials of the state Department of Social Services testified in Los Angeles before the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, informally known as the Little Hoover Commission.
April 18, 2001 |
Leading Democratic lawmakers vowed Tuesday to make improving California's troubled foster care system their top priority this year. Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg and a broad array of powerful legislators have introduced a $300-million package of 13 bills intended to provide child welfare agencies with greater resources while holding them more accountable for results.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2006 |
A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered California to provide mental health services that could keep thousands of foster children out of institutions. The order comes in a 3-year-old class-action lawsuit challenging the practice of sending foster children to group homes or hospitals for mental health care. Advocates for foster children say appropriate mental health services could keep them in homes and communities. There are more than 80,000 children in foster care in California.
September 3, 2013 |
Los Angeles County's child welfare system, as noted recently by this newspaper, is facing a critical shortage of foster homes. But a simple policy shift could go a long way toward eliminating this crisis. We need to provide better support for relatives who step up and become foster parents. Relatives are the backbone of the county's child welfare system. They care for children with the highest needs at a moment's notice, and they provide stability in an otherwise chaotic system. Relatives can help children in county care remain connected to their families and provide them with a sense of community.