Los Angeles County 2015-2016 DCFS Biennial Report.
Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
This report begins by discussing the vision, mission, and values of the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and then reports the activities and accomplishments of DCFS from 2015-2016. Statistics are reported that indicate: there were over 200,000 annual calls made to the child protection hotline; there were 150,000 child safety investigations; there were 35,000 children receiving continuing services monthly, with 12,000 receiving service while remaining at home with their parents; of the 18,000 children in foster care, 9,500 are living with their relatives and extended family members, 6,500 are living in non-relative foster homes; 1,000 are living in group homes; and 1,000 young adults (prior to the age of 21) are in supervised independent living homes; 5,100 children were safely reunified with birth parents annually; and over 1,400 children receive forever home through adoption annually. Key indicators of DCFS progress are identified, charts provide information on caseloads, foster care resources, and children in out-of-home placements, and a chart shows the rate of child fatalities per 100,000 children in population is lower in Los Angeles County than in California and other States. Additional information is provided on budget priorities, the use of the Core Practice Model, the development of a protocol for responding to the commercial sexual exploitation of children, continuum of care reform, resource family recruitment and approval, the Approved Relative Caregiver Program, information technology accomplishments, the Cultural Brokers Program, DCFS specialized units, the transition shelter care program, the Foster Youth Shadow Day, wellness activities, and accomplishments of the Community Based Support Division. The report closes with a brief history of DCFS and a county map.
California; child welfare services; child welfare agencies; foster care; adoption; family reunification; statistics; child fatalities; foster parent recruitment; county social service agencies