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 21, 2001
The first sentence of "Hard Place for Tough Kids" (editorial, Oct. 15) seemed to say it all: "The first thing to know about the children at the MacLaren Children's Center is that they have nowhere else to go." When I worked there in the 1970s as supervisor of admissions and releases, these were "Thursday's children" who had far to go, as well as being full of woe. My mandate was to make sure we released enough kids every week to make room for the next batch of kids with nowhere else to go. So nothing much has changed in 30 years.
July 18, 2002 |
Los Angeles has a foster-care system driven by what is available, not what is needed. Children receive too few services too late. Thousands are shuttled to ineffective and expensive institutional care. They are poorly monitored, with no consistent, individualized care. Not surprisingly, many deteriorate in county care, populating our jails, homeless shelters and mental wards after they "age out" of a failed system. Many never overcome the effects of the abuse or neglect they have suffered.