Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2009 Contact: Aurelio Rojas James Bolden
RIDLEY-THOMAS CALLS FOR 30-DAY REPORT TO IMPROVE QUALITY &
AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES FOR AT-RISK CHILDREN & FAMILIES IN DCFS SYSTEM
Many of the recently reported deaths occurred in the Second District
LOS ANGELES – Supervisor
In the past few weeks, much public discussion has taken place concerning the tragic deaths of children who were under the care and responsibility of the Department of Children and Family Services, many of which occurred in the Second Supervisorial District.
“These discussions should be encouraged among all stakeholders in order for the Board of Supervisors to examine and review best practices and develop policies that will not only protect the children, but also help them to thrive and lead productive and happier lives,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas stated in his four-page proposal.
“In order for the Board to craft sound and effective policy, data and information must be collected, organized, and analyzed, to make informed decisions,” the Supervisor added. “This data and information should be shared confidentiality -- when appropriate -- with the paramount concern for the protection of the health and safety of children in our care.”
The Supervisor directed the County’s Chief Executive Officer, in conjunction with the Director of DCFS and the Chief Probation Officer, to report back within 30 days with recommendations on establishing baselines to aid in the development of measurements for performance to assure accountability of those personnel responsible for children under DCFS’s care.
“It is our understanding that a report from the Chief Executive Officer on this issue is forthcoming, and this report, with its recommendations, and the anticipated hiring of the lead attorney in the Children‘s Special Investigations Unit, will be a large step forward in protecting those under our care,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “We must be better equipped to serve and protect these children.”
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