YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsMaclaren Children S Center

Maclaren Children S Center

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.
March 18, 1986 | NIKI CERVANTES, United Press International
After 15 months of operation, Los Angeles County's agency for abused children has failed to meet many of its goals and youngsters still face a system plagued with troubles, an oversight report said Monday. Overworked and inexperienced children's services workers may still be sending abused youngsters back to unsafe homes, according to the annual report by the county Commission for Children's Services, which oversees the agency.
June 17, 1987
The county Institutional Inspection Commission notified Supervisor Mike Antonovich that it had been unable to find any evidence of over-medication among teen-agers at the MacLaren Children's Center. Contradicting earlier reports that youngsters were "walking around like zombies" after being given heavy doses of tranquilizers in lieu of therapy, commission Chairwoman Sybil Brand said she and the others had "at no time (seen) any child who could remotely be described as over-medicated."
Los Angeles Times Articles