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LA's foster care system strained by shortage of foster parents

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

Recently, the Department of Children and Family Services has struggled to place kids in homes.

But in the past year, there's even been overcrowding in holding rooms, those are temporary shelters where foster kids are supposed to stay no more than 24 hours while the county tries to place them.

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

But this summer, 117 children have been kept in holding rooms longer than 24 hours. State officials warn that if the situation doesn't improve by tomorrow, they'll start to impose fines.

For more on this we're joined now by the director of the Department of Child and Family Services, Phillip Browning. 

RELATED: How to volunteer for the Dept. of Child and Family Services 

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