Department of Children and Families

Los Angeles Leader Exits a Child Welfare System Reeling from the Pandemic


Bobby Cagle: A Letter in Response to Imprint Coverage of Noah Cuatro Case Last Week

On November 13, The Imprint reported that in the weeks before the tragic death of Noah Cuatro, a 4-year-old Los Angeles boy, social workers with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) pleaded for his removal.


It Takes Partnerships to Recruit and Retain Foster Parents

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) operates the largest child welfare agency in the nation. With this comes a great responsibility, and I am extremely grateful to work each day with some of the most dedicated and passionate people in the child welfare arena.


Florida Settles Lawsuit, Agrees to Improve Foster Care Placements in Miami Area

In February of 2018, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) was hit with a federal class-action lawsuit alleging that private providers in the southern part of the state were failing to supply enough foster homes, leading to frequent shuffling of kids from one motel to the next, or into cramped group settings.

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Innovative Project Maps the Movement of Foster Care

A little over a year ago, Robert Latham reached out to John Jackson, general counsel for the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). He had a fairly substantial request: all of the records available for all of the children who had been placed into foster care.


More than the Bottom Line: How a Chamber of Commerce is Helping Foster Youth Succeed

In 2013, more than 20,000 teens and young adults in Los Angeles received services through Youth@Work’s Work-Based Learning Program, which provides youth in the county with subsidized work experiences and trainings.


After Shooting, Florida Denies Media Request for Names of Foster Parents

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced Tuesday that it would not comply with a public records request by a local paper asking for details about the identity and location of foster parents in the state.


    Kansas Asks Public to Weigh In on New Child Welfare Contracts

    Kansas child welfare officials are planning to restructure the way they contract for foster care and other child welfare services, and are asking the public to weigh in this week before moving forward.


    New Report Shows Improvements and Persistent Problems with New Jersey’s Child Welfare System

    A court-ordered report of New Jersey’s child welfare system released last week declared that the state has made “significant progress” in its work with troubled families and children in foster care.


    Out of the Shadows: A Report on Child Deaths in Massachusetts

    The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) recently collaborated with The Boston Globe on a major investigation into child abuse and neglect deaths in Massachusetts. After a two year, $4,500 struggle to obtain public records from the Department of Children and Families (DCF), NECIR published their findings in a project that details the rapid increase in child fatalities in the state through the lens of the 110 children who died of abuse or neglect between 2009 and 2013.