DCFS Workers To Be Fired Over Death Of Palmdale Boy

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) has taken the first steps to fire four employees in connection with the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy, a county official said Tuesday.

County CEO Bill Fujioka announced the move on Twitter “based on an internal investigation” into the death of Gabriel Fernandez on May 24.

The recommendation was made by DCFS director Philip Browning to discharge the four employees, Fujioka said. The two social workers and two supervisors are on paid leave pending a hearing in August.

KNX 1070′s Claudia Peschiutta reports three other employees will be reprimanded as a result of the investigation.

In a memo dated July 30 (PDF) addressed to DCFS staff, Browning called the decisions “difficult” and acknowledged that the “action may cause stress and concern” among staffers.

“We finally got to a conclusion which really indicated that staff really performed far below our expectations in this case,” Browning told KCAL9′s Jeff Nguyen.

The four employees facing termination are union members who will have a chance to challenge the discharge notices in two weeks, in an internal hearing.

“This is the first step in a process in a long-term investigation,” L.A. County spokesman David Summers said.

Tammi Stephano of the National Safe Child Coalition has organized a number of protests against DCFS.

“We’re not going to go away,” Stephano said. “If somebody doesn’t make sure and enforce that the right thing is done, they’re going to create a problem bigger than they possible expect right now.”

Authorities were tipped off to the abuse on May 22 after the Los Angeles County Fire Department was called out to the 200 block of East Avenue Q-10 on a report of a boy who was not breathing.

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Audit: DCSF case backlog biggest since 2006

ewCHI.AuSt.98[1]SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state agency that reviews child abuse claims missed a deadline to investigate cases nearly 900 times in 2012, according to a review by the Illinois Auditor General.

The audit of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services showed 884 of roughly 65,000 allegations missed the 60-day deadline required for officials to begin and complete an abuse allegation. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/17pnBk6 ) that's up from 115 cases the previous year and is the biggest backlog since 2006.

"Failure to make timely determinations of reports of abuse and neglect could delay the implementation of a service plan and result in further endangerment of the child," Holland wrote in the audit.

Dave Clarkin, a spokesman for DCFS, said 99.6 percent of cases had an investigation initiated within the 60-day window. He said the current backlog is about 300 cases.

The audit also said death reviews were tardy.

About 70 percent of the 85 death reviews in 2012 were conducted an average of 158 days after the close of an investigation. They're required to be performance in 90 days.

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A version of this column originally appeared in pantagraph.com.

Criminals are being given Social Worker Jobs Taking YOUR Children

False allegations are nothing new to these brasen criminals. Many Social Workers are encouraged to lie on reports in order to take your children and are backed by their Supervisors. You have no way of complaining; who would you complain to anyway? The kidnappers are the ones parents have to negotiate with. The children have a bounty and the parents pay with their lives and still lose in court, as there is no one to defend them.

Unfortunately, parents believe their Public Defenders are going to “take care of them”, little do they know….. it will rarely if ever happen.

Robert G. Rother was charged with taking custodial indecent liberties with a teenage boy. (Photo courtesy of Fairfax County Police)

Robert G. Rother was charged with taking custodial indecent liberties with a teenage boy. (Photo courtesy of Fairfax County Police)

Social Workers (CPS) are “hardened to these cases, and don’t care about the parents” as I personally was told by a Social Worker.

They are given bonus’ and have Quotas to take children. Yours COULD be next!

These are the people making life decisions for you and your children!

A version of this column originally appeared in amiablyme.wordpress.com.

ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES BY THE GOVERNMENT For Your MONEY and YOUR CHILDREN!

If you didn’t believe before that your children can be taken on false allegations; if you didn’t believe before that many parents did nothing wrong to have their children taken and put into foster homes, where they are brutally abused and sometimes killed, or put up for adoption all to boost Federal and Non-profit Grants, you might now believe.

You may be a good parent, a good care giver to your family member. You may trust your attorney, but… Your attorney CAN NOT DEFEND YOU against Social Services!!!!

If you don’t believe NOW, then makes some calls to Family Attorneys, call out of the phone books, call University Professors, ask them. You will see these are SECRET COURTS, where, if YOU have your child taken away.. YOU WILL NOT EVEN BE ALLOWED IN THE COURT ROOMS when they discuss your case, when they RAILROAD you into False allegations. And if you do decide to fight them.. YOU PUT YOURSELF IN JEOPARDY OF BEING JAILED!!! And sometimes imprisoned, so does your attorney.

Have any questions? Ask me, I’ll be happy to tell you what I have learned.

 

 

A version of this column originally appeared in amiablyme.wordpress.com.

Louisiana foster care system to undergo new initiative

bildeThe Louisiana Division of Children and Household Solutions is carrying out a new effort in the state's foster care system called Faith in Households, according to DCFS Assistant Suzy Sonnier.

The goal is to safely lower the number of children in the state's foster care program and reduce the quantity of time children spend in the system. It additionally is geared toward helping every child find a permanent connection prior to they leave the foster system.

Faith in Families looks for to decrease the lot of children in Louisiana's foster care program by 25 percent, or roughly 1,000 children, by 2015.

"By 2015, we desire 85 percent of our children to exit foster care within 24 months of getting in either with reintegration with family or adoption," Sonnier stated when she revealed the program today in Shreveport. "We wish to meet the national standard of 75.2 percent of children being met again with their family within 12 months.".

Sonnier shared a story of a young woman who aged from the foster system at 18, almost a many years ago. She is now a well-adjusted and totally used adult; however, the female still is sorry for that she never had the ability to make a household hookup.

"Here she was 27, had a fantastic profession in front of her and no one to share it with. When she got an advertising, she had no one to call.".

Louisiana has 706 children ages 15 to 17 in foster care. Over the next 3 years, numerous of them will age out of the system, leaving them with no choice to find work or a place to live.

"I dislike to say it. Unless they were in a very great foster house when they aged out who enables them to come back and be a household source for them, then they are just out there on the street," said Kelli Todd, program supervisor of Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. "They have no idea how to fill out college applications, they constantly call our office to help them get their birth certificate or Social Security card, they do not have the resources they require.".

The Faith in Families effort will be phased into the foster program over 3 years, from now till 2015.