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Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Panel, Part 2: Ignoring Fathers, Countenancing Secrecy

April 14, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

In my previous piece on the Blue Ribbon Commission’s report on the hapless state of child protective efforts in Los Angeles County, I neglected one important shortcoming of a system that has too many to count.

The more than 50% of foster youth who are placed with relatives have greater safety and stability. Yet, due to an inequitable funding system, their caregivers generally receive far less financial support and gain access to fewer services than non-relative caregivers. Financial support currently is determined by the child’s type of placement rather than by his or her needs.


Blue Ribbon Commission: Los Angeles County Child Protection in a ‘State of Emergency’

April 13, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

It was just a few days ago that California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly said that, if it were up to him, he’d scrap the entire Child Protective Services system in the state and start over. This report doesn’t go quite that far, but it gets close. But even at that, it fails to recommend reforms many have been calling for over many years.

On April 8, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection for Los Angeles County issued its final draft report. It will expand on the draft in the near future, but for now, the parameters of the problems it found and recommendations it makes are clear, if limited. On page three, in bold letters, the Commission announced this:

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