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Critical Report on 4-Year-Old’s Suspicious Death Remains Hidden from the Public

On August 30, the Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection (OCP) submitted a potentially explosive report on the mysterious July death of 4-year-old Noah Cuatro to county attorneys. Despite being requested by the county’s powerful Board of Supervisors, the report has yet to be made public, leaving yawning questions unresolved as L.A.’s


L.A. Supervisor Kathryn Barger Vows to Hold a Bureaucracy That’s ‘Killing Kids’ Accountable

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion introduced by Sup. Kathryn Barger aimed at recruiting and retaining child welfare workers in the Antelope Valley and its high desert communities of Lancaster and Palmdale.


AUDIO: Child Deaths Test L.A.’s Recently Installed Child Protection Chief

Seven months into his role leading the nation’s largest child protection system, Bobby Cagle is facing the kind of high-profile child deaths that can drive foster care numbers up and leave political appointees like him out of work.


How We Can Better Support Youth in Extended Foster Care

Although today I am an attorney and a proud leader in an executive role at First Place for Youth, at 18 years old, I was struggling. I didn’t have a relationship with my parents for a time.


After ICE Detains Father, Los Angeles Sisters Cope with Trauma, Disruption

Fatima Avelica was riding to school in her father’s car when a traffic stop by immigration officers in northeast Los Angeles suddenly turned her world upside down. In the car, 13-year-old Fatima sobbed as she pointed her cell phone camera at the windshield and shot a video that shows Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers handcuffing and detaining her father, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez.


Investigative Attorney Unit to Join L.A.’s Office of Child Protection

Today, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion that would bring a rarely heard from, but critically important, group of investigative attorneys under the Office of Child Protection’s control.

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    Yonatan’s Death Spurs Deep Look at How L.A. Gauges Child Abuse Risk

    Last month, in response to news reports about the tortured life and death of a little boy, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors waded into the thorny question of how to predict child abuse.


    L.A. Child Welfare Community Loses Leading Voice, Reporter Garrett Therolf

    Garrett Therolf, a longtime Los Angeles Times reporter who focused on the nation’s largest child welfare system, will be leaving his post on Wednesday, Therolf confirmed today in an email to The Imprint.


    “Spotlight” Gets A Lot Right

    “Spotlight,” an independent film based on a column of the same name in The Boston Globe, is about the cover-up of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The film gets a lot right, from the ensemble cast to the embedded messages about secrets, insiders/outsiders and child sexual abuse (CSA).