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December 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Foster care youths who leave the system at 18 could qualify for continued monthly checks under a program being considered by Ventura County supervisors. New state legislation gives counties the option of extending payments past the typical cutoff age of 18. Foster adults are required to attend college or be enrolled in vocational training to qualify for three extra years of support. Counties must come up with 60% of the funding, with the state picking up the balance.
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December 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Foster care youths who leave the system at 18 could qualify for continued monthly checks under a program being considered by Ventura County supervisors. New state legislation gives counties the option of extending payments past the typical cutoff age of 18. Foster adults are required to attend college or be enrolled in vocational training to qualify for three extra years of support. Counties must come up with 60% of the funding, with the state picking up the balance.
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September 14, 1999
* Judith L. Overmyer, Kenneth E. Devore and Barbara Fitzgerald have joined the board of directors of the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation. Overmyer is director of nursing education at Ventura County Medical Center, Devore is a Westlake Village attorney and Fitzgerald is director of the Ventura County Human Services Agency. * Cindi Smith of Camarillo and Laura Raduechel of Ventura have been elected to the board of directors of the Channel Islands Ballet Company.
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January 29, 2000
Faced with a shortage of licensed foster parents, the Ventura County Human Services Agency is pitching a plan that would pay existing foster parents to recruit new ones. The strategy, part of a broad recruitment effort, would reward foster parents with $200 for each parent they bring into the system. Half the money would be paid to the headhunter when his or her recruit is licensed and the other half paid after the recruit accepts a foster child.
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March 22, 2003 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
An Oxnard woman who allegedly bought a home and a ski boat while receiving welfare payments was arrested on fraud charges after a 17-month investigation, authorities said. Mandy Magnuson, 31, a self-employed massage therapist, collected nearly $30,000 in cash aid and food stamps between 1995 and 1999, authorities allege. She was arrested at her home Tuesday and booked on felony charges of welfare fraud.
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October 28, 2008
For the last few weeks, the nation has watched, appalled, as parents exploited Nebraska's poorly written safe-haven law -- meant to safeguard newborn babies -- using it to discard their young children and teenagers at hospitals without fear of prosecution. By now, the stories are well known: One mother drove for hours from Michigan to abandon an unruly teen; a bereaved widower turned over nine of his children, saying he could no longer care for them.
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November 24, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County's severe backlog of child abuse investigations is largely resolved — ending a crisis that once involved more than 15,000 children and contributed to the ouster of a Department of Children and Family Services director. A recent report by the department said roughly 2,000 children remain involved in cases that have not been resolved within the state's deadline for completion, but many of have complex circumstances that require more time. "This has been accomplished by the hard work of so many staff," said Philip Browning, the department's interim director, noting that the agency will continue to employ special temporary staff to contain the problem.
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February 1, 1991 | MAJA RADEVICH
After a year of acting like a troubled teen, 16-year-old Briana Hanson got her reward. The Camarillo High School junior was given the 1990 Al Jalaty Youth Recognition Award for her volunteer work at Interface: Children, Family Services of Ventura County. Hanson acted like a troubled teen in a public service television commercial for the agency that aired on KNBC-TV Channel 4 last year. She also posed as a troubled youth for Interface's brochure.
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April 5, 2003 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Three managers in Ventura County's Human Services Agency are on the short list of candidates vying to become county government's next social services chief. Four finalists will be interviewed by the Board of Supervisors at a special session Wednesday. They include three in-house candidates: Ted Myers, who runs foster care and child protection services; Bruce Stenslie, director of administrative services; and Barry Zimmerman, manager of welfare-to-work programs.
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May 27, 2004 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
In a bleak sign of the times, 65 workers in Ventura County's Human Services Agency were given layoff notices Wednesday, the same day the grand jury issued a report saying seniors needed more government help fending off abuse and financial fraud. Teresa Elenes, director of the adult service division, said she agreed that more outreach was necessary to let county seniors know they don't have to put up with abuse, isolation and scams.
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March 6, 2004 | Holly J. Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
Calling it a case of pure greed, Ventura County authorities announced Friday that felony charges had been filed against a former Thousand Oaks resident who received public assistance while allegedly earning thousands of dollars a month from two rental properties she owned. Janet Cohen, 43, was arrested Wednesday at her Palmdale home following an 18-month investigation into what authorities called the largest welfare fraud case in recent Ventura County history.
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