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March 23, 2010 For Immediate Release
ANTONOVICH TO ESTABLISH INVESTIGATIVE UNIT TO OVERSEE FOSTER CARE FACILITIES
LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- To enhance child safety, a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors, directs the Department of Children and Family Services to create a multi-departmental unit to investigate foster care providers.
Determining a facility’s ability to meet the standards for the placement of County-supervised children, this unit will coordinate efforts and eliminate redundancy between agencies including the County’s Department of Children and Family Services, the County Auditor-Controller and the State Community Care Licensing Agency.
As of December 2009, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) oversaw 32,200 children who had been abused or neglected by their biological parents or caregivers. Of these children, 15,800 have been detained from and placed outside of their birth homes – 7,500 with County-certified relatives and 8,300 in state-licensed foster care.