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Los Angeles County Leaders Order Audit of Child Welfare System

1/26/2022

Los Angeles County Leaders Order Audit of Child Welfare System

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to conduct an audit of the Department of Children and Family Services.

Los Angeles Leader Exits a Child Welfare System Reeling from the Pandemic

1/13/2022

Los Angeles Leader Exits a Child Welfare System Reeling from the Pandemic

Bobby Cagle recently stepped down as leader of Los Angeles County’s child welfare system, citing the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Los Angeles Leader Exits a Child Welfare System Reeling from the Pandemic

11/23/2021

Los Angeles County Child Welfare Director Bobby Cagle Suddenly Steps Down

Four years into his tenure as the head of the nation’s largest local child welfare system, Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services Director Bobby Cagle is leaving his post.

2/24/2021

Deaths from COVID-19 Shake Up Colleagues in Los Angeles Child Welfare Agency

Margie Roman with her granddaughter Jessica. Photo courtesy Jessica Roman
Like many families served by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, Margie Roman — a longtime employee of the child welfare agency — stepped up to help raise two granddaughters when the girls needed a stable home.

5/19/2020

Illinois Judge Backs Ban on In-Person Foster Care Visits During Coronavirus Pandemic

In a ruling that seemed to be contradicted almost in real time, an Illinois judge dismissed a legal challenge to the state’s blanket ban of most family visits for parents whose children are in foster care.

5/5/2020

For Foster Youth, Stability Is Even Harder to Find During the Pandemic

With Californians hunkered down to stop the vicious spread of coronavirus, three Los Angeles County sisters are stranded 400 miles from the places they call home, with no idea when they will be able to return.

3/23/2020

Even with More Protective Supplies on the Way, Coronavirus Confusion for Los Angeles Social Workers

As Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services awaits more protective gear for its thousands of social workers, a state directive to child welfare agencies has created tension about how employees will remain protected from coronavirus on the job. 

3/10/2020

Los Angeles Looks to Expand Program to Get High-Needs Foster Youth Out of Shelters and Into Homes

Jacqueline* was 13 when she first entered the Los Angeles foster care system in March 2015. She had severe mental health issues, and her mother couldn’t give her the high-level care she needed at home.

2/11/2020

Los Angeles County Fails to Provide Details about Another Child Death in the Antelope Valley

Late last month, another young child involved with Los Angeles County’s child welfare system died in the Antelope Valley under unknown circumstances. Unlike the headline-grabbing cases of other children dying at the hands of a parent, 19-month-old Joseph Chacon was found unresponsive in a car seat inside his foster mother’s vehicle.