COUNTY TO TRY TO PRESERVE FAMILIES, REDUCE ABUSE.
Byline: TROY ANDERSON
Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County supervisors Tuesday gave final approval to an innovative plan -- first proposed by former Department of Children and Family Services Director David Sanders David Sanders is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. His expertise concerns gene therapy, cancer research, biodefense, and pandemic influenza. -- to reform the child-protective system.
The plan will give the DCFS DCFS Department of Children and Family Services
DCFS Division of Children and Family Services
DCFS Descriptional Complexity of Formal Systems (conference)
DCFS Data Communication & Functional System the flexibility to use $13 million a year on services to help keep families together.
The plan comes as Casey Family Programs The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter.
Please help [ improve the introduction] to meet Wikipedia's layout standards. You can discuss the issue on the talk page. , a national foundation where Sanders is now an executive vice president, has set a goal to reduce the nation's foster-care population from 500,000 now to 250,000 by 2020.
"Los Angeles County has significantly reduced its foster-care population in recent years," Sanders said. "I hope it continues to decline. The idea of using federal dollars to pay for services for children in their own homes is a national model. If it can work in Los Angeles County, then it's a model we would really like to see supported nationwide."
The supervisors also voted to ask Sanders to provide the county with free consulting services Noun 1. consulting service - service provided by a professional advisor (e.g., a lawyer or doctor or CPA etc.)
service - work done by one person or group that benefits another; "budget separately for goods and services" on the plan. Under the proposal, the DCFS will use some federal funds Federal Funds
Funds deposited to regional Federal Reserve Banks by commercial banks, including funds in excess of reserve requirements.
These non-interest bearing deposits are lent out at the Fed funds rate to other banks unable to meet overnight reserve that now can only be spent on foster care on a variety of services to help keep children remain safely with their own families.
Sanders will assist with the plan beginning July 1 and design strategies to help various county departments work more closely together to provide an array of counseling, parenting classes, substance abuse and mental health services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract to troubled families.
In recent years, the Years, The
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See : Time DCFS has made numerous reforms, reducing the number of children in foster homes from nearly 33,000 in 2000 to 20,500 last year.
"Foster care is a form of government-sanctioned child abuse that creates an environment where children are thrown out onto the streets when they turn 18 with no support systems," Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Michael Dennis Antonovich (born 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors representing the Fifth District, which covers northern Los Angeles County, the Antelope, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, and parts of the San Fernando and San said. "But thanks to David Sanders and our efforts here in Los Angeles County, we are working to change that."
Figures to be released today show the number of child-abuse homicides rose to 33 in 2005 from 30 the previous year, which had been a record low. The number of child-abuse reports also rose, up 1 percent, to 156,831.
Some child-welfare experts have been critical of the two-year delay in county and state officials working out details of the plan with the federal government. They were concerned about the safety of children, noting that the DCFS had sent thousands of children home without the ability to use funds to provide their families with services.
But Deanne Tilton Durfee, executive director of the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, said she's not that concerned, noting that child-abuse homicides are still near record lows and child-abuse reports have remained static in recent years.
The number of child-abuse homicides in the county in 2005 was the second-lowest since the agency first began collecting the data in 1982. Also, the number of children killed in foster care dropped from two in 2004 to one in 2005. A total of 15 children committed suicide in 2005, up from 13 in 2004, which was also a record low.