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Calif. Discusses Alternative Placements for Older, Pregnant Foster Youth

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Commission: Create New Agency Empowered to Re-Order Los Angeles’ Child Welfare System

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Number of California Foster Youth Aging Out Cut Nearly in Half, for Now

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Q&A: “The Fosters” Creator Peter Paige

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Los Angeles Social Workers Plan Walkout

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Despite the hiring of around 90 new social workers and other staff to bring down crisis-high caseloads, the Department of Children and Families in Massachusetts is operating with only 10 more social workers and staff than it was a year ago, according to a DCF union spokesman.


State auditors say the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare misspent $2.5 million in federal welfare funding on salaries instead of using it to help pay for food, housing and other benefits provided to Idaho's poorest residents. But department officials say the money was used properly to help keep extremely low-income children out of foster care.


Joining a chorus of public officials calling for investment in California's child welfare courts, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to lobby Sacramento to increase spending on lawyers for foster children by about $33.1 million statewide.


The 30-apartment complex, Rising Oaks, officially opened in June, built on the grounds of an old orphanage in the Upper Dimond neighborhood. It's part of the Fred Finch Youth Center, which also offers a range of social and mental health services in facilities adjacent to the apartments.