Published: June 1, 2023

Violence and ‘crisis’: How hundreds of L.A. County’s abused children ended up in hotels

A woman stumbled into the palatial lobby of downtown Los Angeles’ Biltmore Hotel earlier this year, pleading for someone to call the police. Deep bruises were starting to form around her eyes….


How California’s big effort to help abused children left some with nowhere to go

Over the last 18 months, Los Angeles County’s child welfare agency has placed more than 200 foster children in hotels, sometimes for months, despite internal criticism that the practice could be…

Published: May 25, 2023

They’re in their 60s and parenting yet again, balancing the struggles, joy of adoption

The graying couple raised their right hands in the children’s courthouse, as the judge swore them in. Teodulo Diarte held tight to his granddaughter Harmony as his wife, Olga Perez,…

Published: May 16, 2023

Shadonna Bell: The Unsung Hero of Foster Care

Shadonna Bell is a single woman who has been fostering children for six years in Los Angeles County. She made headlines when she was honored with one of the highest…

Published: March 28, 2023

Los Angeles County Looks to Digital Tools to Assist Young Adults Leaving Foster Care

Young adults in need of assistance in Los Angeles County who are used to living life through their mobile devices now have ready access to benefits that could help them…

Published: February 9, 2023

New LA County DCFS Director Addresses Challenges

The new director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services discussed the agency’s challenges, as well as what he’s doing to try and strengthen the child…

Published: January 25, 2023

New DCFS Director Addresses Department, Investigations

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services’ new director spoke with reporter Lolita Lopez about some of the department’s challenges. Watch Interview


Santa leads postal-service convoy of toys for kids in foster care system

Renewing a tradition that has endured for more than a quarter-century, Santa Claus led a convoy of U.S. Postal Service trucks to deliver toys for children receiving support from the…

Published: November 19, 2022

Los Angeles holds adoption ceremonies for more than 130 children

More than 130 children were adopted in Los Angeles County on Saturday morning as part of a number of adoption ceremonies held across the country. The event commemorating National Adoption Day was…

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