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 […]

Blue Ribbon Commission

L.A. Child Welfare Agency Hurriedly Changes Key Policy After 4-Year-Old’s Death

Less than two weeks after the suspicious death of 4-year-old Palmdale boy Noah Cuatro, Los Angeles County’s child welfare agency changed a key policy at the heart of the mounting controversy. Despite Noah’s parents’ explanation […]

Blue Ribbon Commission

Hiring More Social Workers is Key to L.A. Supervisor’s Plan to Prevent Child Deaths like 4-Year-Old Noah Cuatro’s

Moving swiftly in the wake of the third high-profile child death to strike Los Angeles’ high desert in the past six years, L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger intends to boost the area’s beleaguered child welfare […]

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Can Predictive Analytics Root Out the Social Workers Most Likely to Break up Black Families?

The idea of using predictive analytics in child welfare easily conjures images of child abuse investigators targeting parents a machine deems most likely to harm their children. Because black families are so disproportionately likely to […]

Child Welfare

In Era of Family Separation, a Top Administration Official Vows to Fight the Practice in Child Welfare

David Kelly was met with thunderous applause from parent advocates last week as he jogged onto the stage of a Ritz-Carlton ballroom, just outside of Washington, D.C. As the special assistant to Children’s Bureau Associate […]

Child Welfare

Hearings: Young, First-Time Parents Face ‘Civil Death Penalty’ in a Ventura Child Welfare Court

200 Beats a Minute It was the week before Christmas 2018. Sometime around noon that day, the 1-year-old baby girl ingested methamphetamines and opioids she had found in her mother’s purse. By 1:56 p.m., the […]

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Blue Ribbon Commission

In L.A., Law Enforcement and Child Protection Try the Impossible: Stop Child Maltreatment Deaths

On Wednesday, prominent Los Angeles County officials will revisit a trying time in the county’s child protection history. In May of 2013, the violent death of an 8-year-old Antelope Valley boy rocked the county. The […]