Fesia Davenport


Plan to Transform L.A. County’s Youth Justice System Hits a Snag

Five months after Los Angeles embraced a sweeping plan to reform its juvenile justice system, the county’s chief executive officer announced funding would not be included in her proposed budget for next year, angering many youth advocates.


Rumors around L.A.’s Child Protection Shakeup Dispelled

Despite swirling rumors about the potential fallout of Los Angeles County’s Tuesday 4-1-vote to hire Judge Michael Nash as its director of child protection, key players in child welfare and county government do not see it that way.


‘Uncomfortable’, ‘Courageous’ Discussion on Data and Analytics for Child Protection in L.A.

Los Angeles County’s recently formed Office of Child Protection facilitated, in the words of its interim director, an “uncomfortable” but “courageous discussion” on the uses and implications of data, analytics and risk modeling for child welfare during a community forum on Wednesday in Los Angeles.


L.A. Child Welfare Community Waits for Final Word on Child Protection Office Director

After conducting two rounds of interviews with the four finalists, Los Angeles’ Board of Supervisors has still not decided who will be hired as the Director of the county’s recently formed Office of Child Protection.


Uncharted Waters: Data Analytics and Child Protection in Los Angeles

A county-led forum in Los Angeles marks a pivotal moment in the application of data analytics and risk modeling to child abuse. On Wednesday, July 22 Los Angeles County’s recently formed Office of Child Protection will hold a community forum to discuss the simultaneously disquieting and promising prospect of using “big data” to help determine which children are the most likely to be abused.


Four Finalists Vie for LA’s Office of Child Protection

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is now considering four finalists for the position of Executive Director of the Office of Child Protection (OCP), according to District 3 Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.


    L.A. Child Protection Director Seeks Community Input

    Creating a child safety mobile app was not one of the recommendations laid out in the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on Child Protection’s 2014 report. Instead, it was a recommendation made by a group of people who attended a child protection strategic planning meeting June 11 in Compton, Calif.


    Checklists, Big Data and the Virtues of Human Judgment

    Los Angeles County struggles to strike the right balance between human judgment and increasingly sophisticated predictive tools when determining the risk that a child will be abused.   On weekdays, calls to Los Angeles County’s child abuse hotline reach their peak between 2 p.m.


    The Office of Child Abuse Prevention

    Fostering Media Connections releases its third Los Angeles County Child Protection Checkup, as all eyes turn to the new Office of Child Protection’s efforts to stop child abuse before it ever happens.