Use of Shelters in California Highlights Foster Parent Crisis
The problems that forced the closure of the Children and Youth Welcome Centers in Los Angeles are not limited to the state’s largest county. Though there is some variation in how California counties deal with housing the children who enter their child welfare system, the pressure to recruit an adequate supply of foster families and address the needs of hard-to-place youth are persistent issues throughout the state.
Long-Standing Los Angeles Agencies Tapped to Shelter Children in Crisis
As we reported last week, Los Angeles County’s child protection administration plans on closing two 24-hour shelters for abused children and youth next month. The impending closure is significant in that both the Children’s and Youth Welcome Centers were initially heralded as positive steps toward stabilizing traumatized children during the fitful first hours after being removed from their families’ homes.