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February 8, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD
A county office designed to help abused children that was threatened with closure because of the bankruptcy will remain open, thanks to donations from community groups. The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Orange County spearheaded a fund-raising effort that collected $12,600. The money was recently donated to the county, which in turn will keep the South County Abuse Services Team office open.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD
A county office designed to help abused children that was threatened with closure because of the bankruptcy will remain open, thanks to donations from community groups. The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Orange County spearheaded a fund-raising effort that collected $12,600. The money was recently donated to the county, which in turn will keep the South County Abuse Services Team office open.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1996 | MIMI KO CRUZ and SHELBY GRAD and BILL BILLITER
The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Orange County has raised nearly $90,000 that will be used to help sexually abused children. The council has already donated $12,000 to the county to keep the South County Child Abuse Services Team office open. Because of its bankruptcy, the county had threatened close the Lake Forest office, where sexually abused children go to be interviewed by investigators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1995
When Orange County declared bankruptcy and started searching for ways to save money, the South County Child Abuse Services Team (CAST) suffered a double whammy. The district attorney's office withdrew the prosecutor assigned solely to the CAST offices in Orange and Laguna Hills, and the county said it could no longer afford the $80,000-a-year rent on the Laguna Hills office. If a fund-raising effort fails, the two CAST offices will have to be combined in Orange.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1996
Social workers picked their profession to help people, not to fill out forms. But for too many Orange County social workers in the child welfare department, and their colleagues across the state, keeping records is a laborious, time-consuming necessity that reduces their opportunities to visit clients and assist families. Case workers hope that a new computer system scheduled for introduction next year will pare the paperwork and make their jobs more productive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1995
Orange County's bankruptcy has begun chipping away at programs intended to prevent child abuse. So far there have been no identifiable cases of children harmed because of cutbacks, but the threats to the well-being of children are worrisome. The county Social Services Agency has reduced staff and funding for its Children's Services division; social workers' caseloads have increased; funding for a program for families with children thought to be at risk of further abuse has been slashed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of Orange County's most highly touted programs for assisting child abuse victims and helping prosecute molesters soon may fall victim to the county's financial troubles. The South County Child Abuse Services Team (CAST) provides a comfortable place for police, social workers and counselors to interview an abused child at the same time--rather than forcing a young victim to repeat the story over and over to strangers.
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