Foster Care Hackathon
Los Angeles Hopes Tech Investment Can Improve Visitation for Foster Children
Los Angeles County’s child welfare agency is betting that improved technology and analysis can make its family visitation process more efficient for kids and parents. The county’s Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will use a $130,000 contribution from philanthropic partners and $30,000 in county funds to move ahead with a plan to use high-tech mapping to improve court-ordered visitations for the 18,000 children placed in the county’s foster care system.
Is This App the Key to Reunifying Los Angeles Families?
The immensity of Los Angeles County’s foster care visitation challenge is hard to fathom. When a child is removed from the custody of his or her family due to abuse and neglect, a key part of the reunification process is ensuring that child can visit with his or her parent.
Co-Designing a Healthy Future with Foster Youth and Families
David* is a foster youth alumni living in Washington, D.C. When he was eight years old, a neighbor saw him running in the street and called Child Protective Services. David was placed in foster care, and for the next ten years, he bounced from home to home, eventually losing faith in finding a permanent family, or being reunited with his biological caregiver.
L.A.’s Plan to Tackle the 6-Million Hour Gorilla: Foster Care Visitations
Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) issued a report last week estimating that the department spends two million staff hours facilitating another four million hours of “visitation” every year.