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December 18, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA
A caravan of five postal trucks delivered 1,100 toys Friday morning to the North Hollywood office of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. More than 1,000 postal workers in six San Fernando Valley offices bought presents for children--mostly victims of abuse and neglect--who are in custody in foster care or group homes.
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May 2, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
It's an unpleasant rite of passage for top county bureaucrats: When something goes wrong, they are called before the Board of Supervisors for a public scolding. Usually the unfortunate victim submits. But the case of Antonia Jimenez was different. Summoned before the board for tough questioning last month, the interim director of the Department of Children and Family Services was quietly defiant. She refused to go along with the board's reform plan and then resigned, going back to her previous county job and leaving the troubled children's agency without a leader.
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May 7, 1998 | DIANE WEDNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The abused and neglected children who enter the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services waiting room in North Hollywood probably don't immediately notice an array of books on the sofa table or the freshly laundered stuffed animals strategically placed near a box of tissues. In those first traumatic moments that the children await news of their fates--wondering in whose care they'll end up and if they'll see their parents again--creature comforts aren't a priority.
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June 20, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
The great-grandmother of a 5-year-old South Los Angeles boy at the center of torture and abuse allegations noticed about a year ago that he had scratches across his back. When she asked him about it, the boy replied: "A dog attacked me." Another time, Barbara Moreno saw a large knot on his forehead. "I fell down some stairs," he told her. Then, a family friend ran a bath for the boy and saw something troubling: scratches from his chest down to his ankles.
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December 3, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Peter Digre, the controversial former director of Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services, has sued the county, alleging that it has failed to provide him with adequate legal representation in three lawsuits challenging his actions as head of the troubled child welfare agency. Digre is named as a co-defendant in each of the three suits, along with the county and other public officials.
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March 22, 1998 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anyone familiar with the staid downtown headquarters of one of Los Angeles' most prominent law firms would hardly have recognized the place Saturday. There were kids everywhere. Kids trailing balloons through Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's elegant reception area on the 47th floor of a Bunker Hill high-rise. Kids drawing pictures in glass-walled conference rooms while the grown-ups seated next to them huddled intently with lawyers and caseworkers.
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January 5, 2000 | SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Los Angeles County's foster-care program was partly disrupted Tuesday as officials struggled to comply with a new law requiring more fingerprinting of prospective caregivers. The change, aimed at protecting children from abuse, has wrought mild havoc throughout the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, which places about 600 children with relatives each month.
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June 17, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein and Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writers
For two years, authorities said, a mother subjected her son to what veteran detectives described as shocking, ritualistic abuse. The 5-year-old was hung by his hands and wrists from a door jamb and beaten with some sort of leash or chain, police said. He was routinely denied food and water, burned with cigarettes on his body and genitals, and left to sit in his own urine and feces. In the past few weeks, his hands were held to a hot stove, according to Capt.
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December 23, 1999 | JOHNATHON E. BRIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his 21 years, Trayvon Chapman said, he never had a Christmas dinner like this, one spent with so many friends, one where the food was so lovingly prepared, one where he was so happy. That's because, as a result of his mother's drug addiction, he had spent 11 years bouncing from one foster home to the next, never getting a chance to feel connected to anyone or anything. And when he turned 18, the inevitable news came. "You're emancipated.
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May 7, 1999 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Peter Digre, the embattled chief of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, resigned Thursday after eight years that saw him markedly raise the agency's goals for foster care but alienate many of his social workers and political supporters. Digre's departure comes after months of rumors that his bosses on the county Board of Supervisors had grown disillusioned with the onetime reformer and planned to oust him.
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June 17, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein and Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writers
For two years, authorities said, a mother subjected her son to what veteran detectives described as shocking, ritualistic abuse. The 5-year-old was hung by his hands and wrists from a door jamb and beaten with some sort of leash or chain, police said. He was routinely denied food and water, burned with cigarettes on his body and genitals, and left to sit in his own urine and feces. In the past few weeks, his hands were held to a hot stove, according to Capt.
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November 7, 2007 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County's child welfare workers spent thousands of dollars in gift cards and entertainment tickets earmarked for foster children to buy themselves meals and attend musical events, according to an audit released Tuesday. Among the most serious problems cited by auditors, county workers bought 160 tickets in July to see the hit musical "Wicked."
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August 15, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
County supervisors Tuesday ordered the Department of Children and Family Services to fix problems highlighted by a recent audit that was sharply critical of the agency's purchasing practices. The Aug. 3 audit said the agency wasted more than $1 million on unnecessary or overpriced equipment and failed to adequately keep track of hundreds of thousands of dollars in supplies. Supervisors asked county auditors to determine which other departments should be similarly scrutinized.
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August 26, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Citing an old case that he said still troubled him, Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo said Friday that he will urge a grand jury to investigate the county Department of Children and Family Services. Delgadillo conceded that it was unusual for a city official to take on an agency outside his jurisdiction but insisted he needed to do so.
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June 30, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Department of Children and Family Services Director David Sanders, who has worked for three years to reform the long-troubled child welfare agency, is leaving to take a job with a nonprofit organization. Sanders oversaw a steady reduction in the number of foster children in the county as he pushed to reunify families and modernize how the department decided the fate of abused and neglected children.
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August 18, 2005 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Two years after Los Angeles County pledged to dramatically improve mental health treatment in its child-welfare system, a panel of independent experts has concluded that thousands of mentally ill and troubled children are still not receiving the intensive care they need.
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August 27, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys representing more than a dozen Los Angeles County children allegedly abused while in foster care have accused the county counsel's office of stonewalling court-ordered efforts to investigate the cases. The accusations, which will be heard Sept. 4 in an unusual hearing before Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Terry Friedman, involve various allegations of abuse.
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June 23, 2001 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The wiry 7-year-old and her timid little sister did everything they could to protect themselves from danger. They watched over one another. They demanded to be together every waking moment, to sleep in the same bed. They developed a language of their own. It was a bond only a mother could break. Five days before Christmas last year, their mother, LaShanda Crozier, and her husband, Davon Lewis, lost a court battle over back rent, virtually assuring the family's eviction.
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August 27, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys representing more than a dozen Los Angeles County children allegedly abused while in foster care have accused the county counsel's office of stonewalling court-ordered efforts to investigate the cases. The accusations, which will be heard Sept. 4 in an unusual hearing before Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Terry Friedman, involve various allegations of abuse.
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June 23, 2001 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The wiry 7-year-old and her timid little sister did everything they could to protect themselves from danger. They watched over one another. They demanded to be together every waking moment, to sleep in the same bed. They developed a language of their own. It was a bond only a mother could break. Five days before Christmas last year, their mother, LaShanda Crozier, and her husband, Davon Lewis, lost a court battle over back rent, virtually assuring the family's eviction.
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