FORMER MACLAREN KIDS NOW RUNAWAYS.Byline: - Troy Anderson
As 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 moves to close the long-troubled MacLaren Children's Center, employees told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that 111 of the children who were transferred out of the facility since November have run away from their new foster homes.
Social worker Edward Saldana, a union steward Union Steward (aka Shop Steward) is the title of an official position within the organizational hierarchy of a labor union. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that rank-and-file members of the union hold this position voluntarily (through democratic election by fellow workers , said he and other MacLaren employees checked the county's missing foster child Web site and found 111 former MacLaren wards listed as runaways.
Saldana also alleged that the county's Department of Children and Family Services has let the most difficult foster children run away from the unlocked facility and has made little effort to find them.
``I'd like to say to all of you: shame, shame, shame,'' Saldana told the Board of Supervisors. ``The homes the county set up for these kids are a mirage. Our kids are roaming the streets. We've had kids sleep at motels and the (DCFS DCFS Department of Children and Family Services
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A spokesman said 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. has asked DCFS Interim Director Marjorie Kelly and Chief Administrative Officer A chief administrative officer (CAO) is responsible for administrative management of private, public or governmental corporations. The CAO is one of the highest ranking members of an organization, managing daily operations and usually reporting directly to the chief executive David Janssen to compile a report on how many children have been transferred out of MacLaren, how many are missing, where they might be, and who is responsible for finding them.
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Miguel Santana had an award winning amateur boxing career, training alongside a young Jose Antonio Rivera, who is a two division world champion himself. , Molina's spokesman, said MacLaren will not close until the issue is resolved. The center is scheduled to close next month.
Kelly could not be reached for comment.
The population of MacLaren, which on average has had about 1,500 children pass through its doors each year, has dropped from 120 in July to nine Tuesday.
The supervisors decided to close the violence-plagued and expensive facility after child advocates filed a lawsuit seeking closure of the El Monte emergency shelter. The county grand jury found that the facility was spending $757 a day per child, or $276,305 a year.
Last year, the Department of Children and Family Services reported that 990 children had run away or been abducted abducted Distal angulation of an extremity away from the midline of the body in a transverse plane and away from a sagittal plane passing through the proximal aspect of the foot or part, or away from some other specified reference point from foster care in recent years. The county recently posted on its Web site the names and pictures of the missing foster children.