COUNTY WITHOUT ENTITY TO PROBE FOSTER-CARE ISSUES.Byline: TROY ANDERSON Staff Writer
Even as the number of foster children killed in drive-by shootings in 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 has quadrupled this year to 39, the Board of Supervisors has quietly canceled its contract with a panel of civil rights attorneys who oversee the Department of Children and Family Services.
While the board is seeking replacement options, the county is left without any entity to probe foster child deaths or other problems at DCFS DCFS Department of Children and Family Services
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``I'm gravely concerned,'' said City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo Rockard John "Rocky" Delgadillo (born July 15 1960) is the current City Attorney of Los Angeles, California. Career
``These were abused and neglected children the county was responsible for. Clearly, this is a broken system, and while I did not think the (Office of Independent Review, DCFS) was the complete answer, I did think it was a step in the right direction.''
Delgadillo's concerns come as county officials have expressed dismay about an increase in the number of kids with open or closed DCFS cases who have died in drive-by shootings from six in 2004 to 11 last year to 39 as of Nov.1.
Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke said many of the shootings occurred in South Los Angeles South Los Angeles is the official name for a large geographic and cultural area lying to the southwest and southeast of downtown Los Angeles, California. The area was formerly called South Central Los Angeles, and is still sometimes called South Central. , but a growing number have occurred in the San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
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A 16-year-old Pacoima boy with a prior DCFS referral died in March in a gang-related shooting while standing in front of a neighbor's house, DCFS spokeswoman Louise Grasmehr said.
``This is just simply outrageous,'' said Century City attorney Linda Wallace Pate, who filed a lawsuit against the county in a case the OIR-DCFS investigated. ``It's highly inappropriate for the government to be using public money to put children in placements that clearly put them at risk.''
The controversy erupted Dec.5 when the board voted unanimously in closed session to instruct the County Counsel's Office to terminate the contract with the OIR-DCFS, which was modeled after the OIR OIR Office of Institutional Research
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The agency, the brainchild of Supervisor Gloria Molina Gloria Molina is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and the current chairwoman of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Molina grew up as one of ten children in the Los Angeles suburb of Pico Rivera, California, U.S. and former DCFS 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. , was launched in May to conduct independent investigations of child deaths and other problems at DCFS.
Molina had sought the creation of the OIR-DCFS following the October 2005 homicide of 2-year-old Sarah Angelina Chavez of Alhambra. A subsequent OIR-DCFS investigation found negligence on the part of child welfare and court officials in the death.
The new OIR-DCFS office ran afoul of the County Counsel's Office when the juvenile court juvenile court
Special court handling problems of delinquent, neglected, or abused children. Two types of cases are processed by a juvenile court: civil matters, often concerning care of an abandoned or impoverished child, and criminal matters, arising from antisocial gave it permission to publicly release a copy of its second investigation into the case of Thomas Marion Smith.
Smith had sued the county, alleging he had paid child support for more than a decade, thinking the money was supporting his daughter while she lived with her mother, when in fact the girl was in foster care.
``It's a sad day for the children in foster care to go back behind this curtain of confidentiality to conceal events that should be transparent,'' said Pate, who is representing Smith.
``There is no excuse for them trying to cover up this information,'' said Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform.