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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1990 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a time when budget cutbacks are crippling services for abused and neglected children, state officials have failed over the last three years to claim an estimated $156 million in federal money for foster care, according to a report to be released today by the state auditor general. A summary of the auditor's report, which focused primarily on foster care in Los Angeles County, was made public Tuesday by state Sen. Charles M. Calderon, who requested the examination 18 months ago.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1990 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A move is afoot in the Legislature to permit the state to step in and run the Los Angeles County foster care program, following reports that children are being physically and sexually mistreated. Acting on a letter from the state Department of Social Services charging the county with consistent failure to protect foster children from substandard conditions and abuse, Assembly and Senate subcommittees have adopted budget language to allow the state to assume jurisdiction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD
An office building in Orange will be transformed into a mall of reality today as 50 teen-agers in foster care get a taste of what life will be like when they set out on their own. The unusual program will feature real-life bankers, grocers, furniture sales people and others who will staff mock businesses throughout the building. The teen-agers will spend the day visiting each office in an effort to understand what it takes to create households of their own.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1991 | LESLIE HERZOG
By the end of the century, the number of children in foster homes in Orange County will probably triple to an estimated 6,000, according to one of the county's largest foster-care services. "We're seeing more and more children coming from very dysfunctional families," said Gail Humphry, district director of Holy Family Services, Counseling and Adoption. "The ever-growing need for foster care is largely a result of child abuse, neglect and substance abuse.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 1989 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
Do we really care about our children? Tune in Sunday to KTLA's stunning dissection of the foster care crisis in Southern California before you answer. "What Are We Doing to Our Children?," hosted by Susan Dey ("L.A. Law") at 8 p.m. on Channel 5, offers a stunning indictment of a grossly unwieldy bureaucratic system that often victimizes victims, joining the abuse cycle. Viewers go with police officers in investigations of child abuse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1990 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Declaring that state and county officials are waging a "witch hunt" in their effort to identify children who may have been abused while in foster care, a San Fernando Valley foster mother is seeking a court order to prevent authorities from removing four children from her home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2003 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
Millions of taxpayer dollars meant to recruit and train foster parents in Los Angeles County have instead been spent on country club memberships, trips to Disney World, luxury cars, a new office building and the management of a clothing shop, according to a recent series of county audits. Taken together, the audits paint a picture of lavish, uncontrolled spending at some of the private agencies hired by the county to oversee foster parents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1987
A mother accused of abducting her 16-month-old boy from protective custody at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys remained in jail Monday, while doctors said the boy is healthy enough to be released from the hospital and will be placed with foster parents this week. The mother, Diana Allen, 30, was arrested on suspicion of child-stealing and was being held in lieu of $16,000 bail pending arraignment, Los Angeles police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1998
The agency that protects neglected and abused children in Los Angeles County delayed payments on behalf of 8,000 foster children in order to make its financial position appear better, the county's auditors have concluded. The finding by the county auditor-controller's office Friday confirms a report in The Times that checks totaling $4.6 million were delayed for as long as three weeks last summer because the Department of Children and Family Services anticipated a budget deficit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brian and Julie O'Connor had long thought about being foster parents, but horror stories about the child welfare system discouraged them. Then a speaker from Child SHARE came to their Reseda church and changed their lives. "I don't think we would have become foster parents without Child SHARE," said Julie O'Connor. "They have given us incredible support."
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