Take Two for August 20, 2013

Shortage of foster parents straining Los Angeles County's child welfare system

Department of Children and Family Services

Courtesy L.A. County DCFS

The living room area at the Children's Welcome Center operated by L.A. County's Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Every month, thousands of children are removed from their homes in Los Angeles County and placed in foster care. It usually takes longer to place an older child because foster parents tend to shy away from troubled kids who may be dealing with serious issues.

But in the past year, child welfare workers say the situation has reversed. KPCC's Rina Palta reports on a growing shortage of homes for babies and toddlers, and the effect it's having on the system

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