Blue Ribbon Commission

EXCLUSIVE: New Details Reveal How Two Social Workers Fought, But Failed, to Save 4-Year-Old Noah Cuatro

This summer, a 4-year-old boy named Noah Cuatro was allegedly tortured and killed by his parents in Palmdale, a high desert exurb of Los Angeles County. The tragedy is still sending shockwaves through the county’s […]

Los Angeles

‘Party’s Over’: Kathryn Barger Wants L.A.’s Child Protection System to Change Now

On Sept. 11, I visited the wood-paneled offices of Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger for a wide-ranging discussion about the state of child welfare in the county and her district. Adding to the doleful […]

Los Angeles

Critical Report on 4-Year-Old’s Suspicious Death Remains Hidden from the Public

On August 30, the Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection (OCP) submitted a potentially explosive report on the mysterious July death of 4-year-old Noah Cuatro to county attorneys. Despite being requested by the county’s […]

Child Welfare

Family of Noah Cuatro Takes First Step in Suing Los Angeles County for Upwards of $10 Million

The family of Noah Cuatro, the 4-year-old Palmdale boy who died under suspicious circumstances in July, has taken the first step in suing Los Angeles County for more than $10 million. Two notices of claim […]

Child Welfare

In Aftermath of Latest Child Death, L.A. Contends with Potential Foster Care Panic

In mid-July, Bobby Cagle, the director of Los Angeles County’s $2.8-billion child welfare system, visited the high desert communities of Palmdale and Lancaster, both reeling from the latest child death to strike the county. Still […]

Child Welfare

Newly Released Documents Show that 4-Year-Old Noah Cuatro Died Despite Known Risk  

On Wednesday evening, Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) released heavily redacted agency documents related to the July death of 4-year-old Noah Cuatro.  Key among the documents are four “risk assessments” […]

Child Welfare

L.A. Supervisor Kathryn Barger Vows to Hold a Bureaucracy That’s ‘Killing Kids’ Accountable

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion introduced by Sup. Kathryn Barger aimed at recruiting and retaining child welfare workers in the Antelope Valley and its high desert communities […]