AirTalk for April 23, 2014

Director of LA’s Child & Family Services questions recommended overhaul

DCFS foster care

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The blue ribbon commission votes on the language of a final report that took a critical look at L.A. County's foster care system on April 10, 2014. It is set to be presented to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors later this month.

A Los Angeles County commission has recommended sweeping changes to the embattled Department of Children and Family Services. The commission asked the LA County Board of Supervisors to appoint a new oversight body for DCFS.

The department’s director, Philip Browning, says they have an oversight body already - the Board of Supervisors. He says many of the ideas have been instituted already - “about 96% have been partially or fully implemented.”

He goes on to say new social-worker training incorporates home-call simulations and promotes critical thinking and common sense. Was the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection more of the same - or critical to overhaul DCFS? What will the Board of Supervisors decide?

Guest:  

Philip Browning, Director, Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles County

 


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