Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection


In Aftermath of Latest Child Death, L.A. Contends with Potential Foster Care Panic

In mid-July, Bobby Cagle, the director of Los Angeles County’s $2.8-billion child welfare system, visited the high desert communities of Palmdale and Lancaster, both reeling from the latest child death to strike the county.


Hiring More Social Workers is Key to L.A. Supervisor’s Plan to Prevent Child Deaths like 4-Year-Old Noah Cuatro’s

Moving swiftly in the wake of the third high-profile child death to strike Los Angeles’ high desert in the past six years, L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger intends to boost the area’s beleaguered child welfare workforce. 


Five Years After Blue Ribbon Commission Report, Key Part of Child Protection Safety Net Finally Takes Shape in Los Angeles

When 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez from Palmdale, Calif., died in May 2013 at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend — after years of abuse allegations called into the local child protection agency — it triggered a reckoning across Los Angeles County over why the system failed him so badly.

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In L.A., Law Enforcement and Child Protection Try the Impossible: Stop Child Maltreatment Deaths

On Wednesday, prominent Los Angeles County officials will revisit a trying time in the county’s child protection history. In May of 2013, the violent death of an 8-year-old Antelope Valley boy rocked the county.


AUDIO: Child Deaths Test L.A.’s Recently Installed Child Protection Chief

Seven months into his role leading the nation’s largest child protection system, Bobby Cagle is facing the kind of high-profile child deaths that can drive foster care numbers up and leave political appointees like him out of work.


L.A. County Supes Call for Blue Ribbon Commission on Probation

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday called for the creation of an independent oversight commission aimed at reforming the county’s embattled Probation Department. The county’s Probation Department is the largest in the nation and has 6,500 employees.


    It’s Time for a Deep Look at Child Protection in Los Angeles

    As a former child protection worker, I know that the death of a child is the worst possible outcome, the one that we all fear. Words can’t express the sorrow we feel when a child dies.


    Top California Child Welfare Reporters Find Opportunity in the Bay

    Two award-winning California journalists focused on child welfare recently ended long-term stints with newspapers in order to work for news outlets where they will have the resources necessary to do in-depth, investigative reporting on vulnerable children.


    L.A. County Debates Role of Public Health Nurses in Child Protection

    A June 30 report calling for the termination of Los Angeles County’s experimental public health nurse program has sparked a rich debate about the role of such nurses in child abuse investigations.