Report: Problems continue at LA foster agency

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A newspaper investigation finds continuing neglect of children and dubious financial practices at a private foster care agency, a decade after it was singled out for similar problems by Los Angeles County auditors.

The Los Angeles Times cites documents showing that between 2008 and 2011 there 240 allegations of abuse or neglect filed on behalf of youths placed with families by Teens Happy Homes.

The newspaper finds the agency’s rate of nearly two allegations for each home was more than two times the average for the state and two-thirds higher than that of the rest of LA County.

The Times says Teens Happy Homes was only loosely monitored by the state and county, which typically audits the finances at private agencies once a decade.

The agency declined to comment on the findings.