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A look at some of the challenges facing the troubled DCFS

13 - DCFS Night Shift

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Alfred McCloud fills out paperwork at the end of the home visit. He has decided that the child is safe and can stay with Susana.

The union representing L.A. County's social workers announced last week it's suing the county. They're demanding smaller caseloads.

It's the latest twist in the long-running saga of L.A.'s troubled Department of Children and Family Services, or DCFS. The department is already facing calls for top-to-bottom reforms after several children died earlier this year.

KPCC's Karen Foshay was granted rare access to some of DCFS's frontline workers, getting a glimpse of the challenges facing the troubled agency.  

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