Foster families in desperate need by DCFS

DCFSCDSS Interim Deputy Director David Dodds wrote to DCFS Director Philip Browning this month where Browning acknowledged the department is “desperate” for more foster parents, partly because of a surge in calls to its child protection hotline following publicity about the torture and killing of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez in Palmdale last May.

Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, August 28th, state regulators are threatening to slap fines on the county Department of Children and Family Services every day until all kids taken into protective custody are placed in foster care within 24 hours instead of languishing for days at facilities ill-equipped for extended stays.

DCFS is also trying to hasten criminal background checks on relatives who have offered to care for those children. “My hope is that … (the state) will see that we’re making a good faith effort to remedy the situation,” Browning said.

Kids are supposed stay no more than 24 hours at DCFS’ Children’s Welcome Center on the L.A. County-USC Medical Center campus or at the Emergency Response Command Post. But in the letter to Browning, Dodds noted “overstays” are still prevalent.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a foster parent, payment rates are $500 to $600 a month, depending on the age of the child, and you can inquire on the DCFS website.

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I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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