Of those reports, 79,179 (or 16 percent), were substantiated (verified) by the state child welfare system. About two-thirds of verified cases were due to general neglect, which includes cases where the parent, guardian, or caregiver failed to provide adequate food, shelter, medical care, or supervision for the child, but no physical injury occurred. Neglect consistently has been the most common type of substantiated case statewide and in nearly all counties for which these data are available.
The upward trend in report rates has coincided with an increase in the number of youth in foster care. The foster care rolls in California have risen from 55,286 in 2012 to 62,097 in 2014. That increase accounts for about one-third of the total national increase in foster youths from 2012 to 2014.
An organization representing hundreds of the nation’s largest youth-serving agencies endorsed the Obama administration’s push to put child well-being on par with the traditional priorities of child welfare, safety and permanency. The Alliance for Children […]
May 21, 2012Ryann BlackshereNewsComments Off on Youth and Organizations Work to Help Kids in System Gap
As The Chronicle has reported, thousands of California teens face a disruption in foster services because of the way a key law extended foster care to 21. A number of youth-serving organizations throughout California are […]