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A version of this story was first published in LA Weekly’s news blog.
For more than a year, Los Angeles County, home to the largest child protection system in the world, has been grappling with how to keep its children safe.
The other night, I found myself alone, sporadically wracked by tears, but feeling an intense sense of purpose.
Three years earlier, I was handed a white DVD, imprinted with the words: “Short Term 12.”