Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services


L.A. County Hopes to Improve Home Visiting Options for Homeless Moms

With homelessness among women and children rising in Los Angeles, county leaders are looking to offer more home visiting services to new mothers and their babies living in shelters, jails and mental health facilities.


‘Party’s Over’: Kathryn Barger Wants L.A.’s Child Protection System to Change Now

On Sept. 11, I visited the wood-paneled offices of Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger for a wide-ranging discussion about the state of child welfare in the county and her district.


Key Details in 4-Year-Old’s Mysterious Death Should Emerge Soon

On July 9, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva stepped to the lectern during a press conference focused on the suspicious death of 4-year-old Noah Cuatro. Four days earlier, on July 5, Noah’s parents called 911 claiming that their son had drowned in their high desert apartment complex pool.

Dr. Spell with her children.


Celeb Doc Files $750 Million Lawsuit Claiming L.A.’s Child Welfare Agency Falsified Evidence

Beverly Hills doctor Susan Spell has filed a new $750 million lawsuit against the county of Los Angeles and individual social workers as she continues the battle to regain custody of her children who were removed from her care in 2013 without a warrant or court order.


State Audit Slams Los Angeles Child Welfare Department for Leaving Children in ‘Unsafe and Abusive Situations’

A California state audit of the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) issued on Tuesday said that the department puts children at risk of abuse and neglect by failing to complete safety and risk assessments on time and accurately.


Los Angeles’ Plan to Address the Overrepresentation of Black and LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors created a new office to address the high number of African American and LGBTQ youth in the county’s child welfare system. A new Office of Equity within the county’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) aims to stem the overrepresentation of these youth in foster care and address the disparities these communities experience.


    Former Foster Youth Lands $1.2M Contract to Bolster L.A.’s Child Welfare System with Outside Talent

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a plan Tuesday to bring an infusion of fresh talent and ideas into the ranks of its local child welfare professionals. The board unanimously approved a $1.2 million contract to fund five 18-month child welfare fellowships through Foster America, a fast-growing nonprofit led by a former foster youth with an impressive career in Washington, D.C.


    Program to Help Foster Youth Aging Out Expands to Los Angeles, D.C., Illinois and Louisiana

    A program to help youth aging out of foster care transition to adulthood is expanding to two more major cities and two more states, part of a national rollout financed in part by major philanthropic investment in youth services.


    L.A. County Agencies Chart Impact of Immigration Policies on Children

    At a meeting of the Los Angeles County Children’s Commission on Monday, several Los Angeles County agencies and advocates described the impact of tightening federal immigration policies on children and families in the county.