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February 15, 1989 | LYNN O'SHAUGHNESSY, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to set aside space on the grounds of Olive View Medical Center for the construction of a private facility for emotionally disabled children. The board instructed county officials to search for qualified providers who could operate a facility for emotionally disturbed boys who have become unadoptable in the county system. Most of the boys, ages 9 to 14, have been abused and have bounced from one foster home to another.
October 31, 1985 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
Three employees at the troubled MacLaren Children's Center have been fired for negligence after a 12-year-old boy in their care was sexually assaulted by other youngsters, Robert Chaffee, interim director of the county's Department of Children's Services, said Wednesday. The assault reportedly occurred while 11 youngsters between the ages of 9 and 12 were locked together in a room without supervision for less than an hour on Sept. 4.
June 10, 1987 | LOIS TIMNICK, Staff Writer
Nearly one in three teen-agers at MacLaren Children Center, the county's sole shelter for abused and neglected children, are given tranquilizers or other psychotropic drugs instead of counseling and are "walking around like zombies," according to the author of a report that will be sent to the Board of Supervisors on Monday. Mental health officials immediately branded the allegations as inaccurate, misleading and in the words of one psychiatrist, "totally off the wall."
July 28, 2006 | Melissa Pamer, Times Staff Writer
By the time Phillip Morrow was 4, he had lived in four different foster homes. Along with his half-brother, Lemar Davis, then 5, Phillip was placed in MacLaren Children's Center, Los Angeles County's scandal-ridden shelter for foster kids, which closed in 2003. The couple who would become the brothers' adoptive parents -- Becky and Steven Norris -- came to interview Phillip and Lemar at the center. The children had been separated for months.
June 26, 1986 | MARK HENRY, Times Staff Writer
A crippled, mentally retarded boy abandoned this month near Saugus was placed Wednesday in a special-care center for children. The boy, who appears to be 8 to 10 years old, was found June 8 in front of a home for mentally disabled adults. Since then, he had been staying in a cottage with other children at Los Angeles County's MacLaren Children's Center in El Monte.
April 14, 1985 | NIKI CERVANTES, United Press International
Becky was self-destructive, sometimes violent and suicidal. Her parents put her in a private mental hospital for therapy, but when the money ran out, the county was their last resort--and "worst mistake." Harriet and Brian Brooks of La Verne say they haven't seen their 13-year-old daughter now since March 27, when she jumped out of a county car taking her from MacLaren Children's Center in El Monte to a court appearance. But that wasn't the first time Becky had run away.
The visitors will arrive in their shiny new cars. The gym will be decked in red and green streamers. Banquet tables will bristle with tiny, living Christmas trees. And the residents of the county's only emergency shelter for abused and neglected children will receive hand-delivered gifts from Santa Claus--from winter parkas to Sony Walkman radios.
Mark, a young resident at MacLaren Children's Center in El Monte, described what he's doing as "chasing down movie stars." He's very good at this. As proof, the 11-year-old showed off an inch-thick pile of freshly taken Polaroid photos of himself alongside his celebrity prey. There were so many pictures, it was reminiscent of Zelig, the Woody Allen character who was always photographed near the famous. "These are girls from 'Step by Step,' " he said, rifling through the photo deck.
March 14, 1988 | Marylouise Oates
For any child, the day would be a dream, a miracle. Stars--all those famous people from television and movies--right there, where you live. And clowns, and all the Taco Bell and Yoplait and pizza and cotton candy and Haagen-Dazs you can eat. And games. And a special concert by Run-D.M.C. where you and your friends get to show off that you know all the words. Mickey and Minnie and Donald.
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