December 24, 1996 |
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.
March 8, 1993 |
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 |
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 |
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."
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July 12, 2001 |
Foster children at a Los Angeles County emergency shelter have been physically abused and arrested on unjustified charges as ways of controlling them, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday.
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October 12, 1997 |
Cans of hair-styling foam were hastily removed from Los Angeles County's main children's shelter and a detailed safety review of the facility was being planned, officials said Saturday, after the death of a troubled 12-year-old who inhaled an aerosol propellant. The death Friday of Jason Pokrzywinski, who officials say sniffed propellant from a can of mousse-like hair foam, was the first in more than 15 years at MacLaren Children's Center in El Monte.
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October 1, 1997 |
Citing overcrowding so severe at the only county-run children's home that delinquents are housed with mentally disturbed and retarded youths, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to consider leasing two shuttered Van Nuys group homes from the state. The homes, Pride House and Lion's Gate, are themselves dreary facilities with tiny rooms and too many beds, said Dan Revetto, an aide to Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who developed the proposal.
October 24, 2002
Re "Troubled Home for Children May Close," Oct. 22: Instead of replacing Los Angeles County's MacLaren Children's Center in El Monte with a facility of a lower level of care (e.g., a group home) it should be upgraded and specialized into an intermediate-level-of-care facility, specifically for abused and neglected children who suffer from psychological and psychiatric illness. The length of stay should average one month, with placement in the community as the goal. This would avoid having these children stay in acute psychiatric hospitals (average length of stay, one week)