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Supervisors OK unit to oversee foster care facilities

Posted: March 23, 2010 12:48 p.m.
Updated: March 23, 2010 1:09 p.m.
 
LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion directing the Department of Children and Family Services to create a multi-departmental unit to investigate foster care providers.

The motion was proposed by Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

Determining a facility's ability to meet the standards for the placement of county-supervised children, this new 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, according to Antonovich. 

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, according to Antonovich. 
 

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