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9 results for 'dcfs'

Teens Happy Homes: The Not so Mighty are Falling

By joshuaallen, published on Apr 29, 2013

...source of ours used the words "...small potatoes," when asked why the county officials did nothing to stop, or even discourage such unethical and apparently illegal practices.

We wrote about Beautina Robinson before. Her agency, Teens Happy Homes, is the same agency, where the head of DCFS Browning, is quoted as saying needs to be under a "heightened level of scrutiny." After another Times story regarding the murder of the Chinese graduate students near USC.

Dr. Milani and Askari Moyenda, oh dear.... Much of Teens financial and moral train wreck, only had light, after the ... (more)

Tags: corruption, foster care, dcfs, teens happy homes

Child Abuse for Dummies

By joshuaallen, published on May 2, 2012

Child Abuse for Dummies: The Politics of Child Abuse

By Joshua Allen

DCFS Has “Taken your kid.”

(The Talk) When social workers come to your home to remove your children: Put your shirt on before opening the door. And incidentally, how come your shirt is off every time a social worker comes to your home? If social workers are taking your baby for neglect: Don’t light up a cigarette (or anything else) while they are there and your kids are crying. You can do that when they’re gone. Oh, and don’t make a scene, it’s not good for the children. Now this is important: Gather... (more)

Tags: foster care, child abuse, dcfs, social worker, tweaking

The Ongoing Normal: Taxpayer Fraud in L.A. Foster Care

By joshuaallen, published on Apr 23, 2011

...broke the camel’s back. Oh yes, a teachable moment. After 2 decades such things are easy to get used to, and that’s the rub.

Without a doubt, DCFS has tightened up on care and safety issues to the benefit of hard working social workers, foster parents, and most importantly abused children. Foster Care is hard, and we admire this brave and largely unsung work.

However, don’t Abused and Neglected Children deserve better?

... (more)

Tags: los angeles, corruption, child abuse, dcfs, agencies, city of bell

On MLK Hospital and DCFS: Our Foster Children Gently Weep

By joshuaallen, published on Feb 16, 2011

Article first published as On MLK Hospital and DCFS: Our Foster Children Gently Weep on Technorati.

On MLK Hospital and DCFS: Our Foster Children Gently Weep.

The Business of Child Abuse

By Joshua Allen

As an amalgamation of failed policies, roads to nowhere, and well-meaning strategies that lead to disappointment and letdown, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) have few equals in obfuscation and futility.

About the only thing the author can reference of similar ineptitude and human damage would be the recent closure of... (more)

Tags: los angeles, corruption, lies, dcfs, mlk hospital, incompetence

Foster Children: I'm Okay, You're Medicated

By joshuaallen, published on Aug 31, 2010

Several years ago there was a foster agency with a high percentage of children on psychotropic medication. The reason for this was because the agency had on contract with a psychiatrist who would examine foster children brought to the agency by foster parents to determine if the abused and neglected children qualified (medically) for psychotropic medication.

This procedure was terribly convenient for the foster parents and the agency. It is extremely difficult to get a foster child a timely appointment to see a psychiatrist. Appointments certainly occur, but psychiatrists who take... (more)

Tags: child abuse, dcfs, medication, psychiatry

DCFS FAIL: You Can't Handle the Truth

By joshuaallen, published on Aug 17, 2010

DCFS Fail: You Can’t Handle the Truth

The Business of Child Abuse:

By Joshua Allen

Can’t we all just tell the Truth?

DCFS is now investigating who is leaking information to the LA Times regarding fatalities of children who had contact with the department during the past year. The department lays out their circled wagons, and obviously the Times feel a bit differently. You can read about it here:,0,869235.story

So where to begin?

Leaks!??? What are we talking about here? National... (more)

Tags: child abuse, dcfs, leaks

The Death of Jorge Tarin: DCFS FAIL?

By joshuaallen, published on Aug 11, 2010

The Death of Jorge Tarin: DCFS FAIL?

The Business of Child Abuse.

By Joshua Allen

Sometimes the wrong call is just that, an accident, it could happen to anyone. And sometimes a wrong call is because of fatigue, a lack of information, bad policy or all three. Without knowing the facts, we can’t make a true assessment of what happened when Jorge Tarin hung himself several weeks ago. As excerpted in the Times report:

“Just hours earlier, Los Angeles County mental health and child abuse investigators had visited the drab apartment building to examine 11-year-old Jorge... (more)

Tags: suicide, child abuse, dcfs

Who Watches the Watchmen?

By joshuaallen, published on Aug 3, 2010

Who Watches the Watchmen? The Board of Supervisors has decided to audit DCFS!

The Business of Child Abuse

By Joshua Allen

Quis custodiet ipsos custodies? Who watches the Watchmen? The Latin phrase from the Roman poet Juvenal not Alan Moore although the 'Watchmen,' was a cool comic when it first came out.

So here is my advice should the Board of Supervisors go this route.

Audit the auditors.

You know, the guys who go around and superficially talk to foster parents and kids to make sure everything be okay.

The young folks who come to the agencies... (more)

Tags: child abuse, dcfs

Extra Extra: Trish Ploehn has a Clue

By joshuaallen, published on Jul 19, 2010

The Business of Child Abuse.

News Broadcast: According to Trish Ploehn DCFS director

“Social workers didn’t think much about education until the past few years. We kind of thought of it as the schools’ job,” said LA County Department of Children and Family Services Director Trish Ploehn. “But in LA we’re understanding that it’s not just about finding young people a safe and permanent home, but that we’re responsible for their general well-being — education included.”

Okay, so that’s taken a little out of context, the entire article and example of cutting edge journalism... (more)

Tags: corruption, foster care, child abuse, dcfs

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