EXCLUSIVE: New Details Reveal How Two Social Workers Fought, But Failed, to Save 4-Year-Old Noah Cuatro
This summer, a 4-year-old boy named Noah Cuatro was allegedly tortured and killed by his parents in Palmdale, a high desert exurb of Los Angeles County. The tragedy is still sending shockwaves through the county’s $2.9 billion child welfare agency and local government.
Director Wanted: Nation’s Largest Child Welfare Agency Seeks Leader
Philip Browning’s five-year tenure as director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Children’s Services (DCFS) concludes tomorrow, and the search for his replacement is underway. Brandon Nichols, who served as chief deputy under Browning, was recently named acting director.
All Children Deserve to Be Safe
The unsettling arrest of four social workers last week has had a chilling effect on the country’s largest child welfare system. On April 7, four Los Angeles County social workers were charged with felony child abuse and falsifying public records as a result of the 2012 death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez.