Ghost Youth Diversion Program Part of $36.7 Million in Unspent Probation Department Money
Los Angeles County has amassed a $36.7 million hoard of unspent money that is earmarked for community-based approaches to preventing at-risk youth from entering the juvenile justice system. Among the unspent dollars is funding for a county-wide diversion program that has yet to serve even one child, and is at the center of a controversy about how Los Angeles County’s Probation Department has failed to allocate money to community organizations that work with at-risk youth.
Los Angeles to Shutter Celebrated Center for Abused Children
Next month, Los Angeles County’s child protection department plans to shut down two centers meant to serve as children’s first stop on their traumatic journeys into foster care. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) says that the closure of the so-called Children’s Welcome Center and Youth Welcome Center – little more than three years after the first was opened – is an appropriate response to a state lawsuit, and good for children.
Los Angeles Moves on Sweeping Changes in Child Welfare Despite Supe’s Vigorous Dissent
Four out of five Los Angeles County supervisors voted yesterday to establish a new Office of Child Protection, led by a “child welfare czar” for the county, and plan to implement other recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection.