Report in Brief: California Did Not Always Ensure That Allegations and Referrals of Abuse and Neglect of Children Eligible for Title IV E Foster Care Payments Were Properly Recorded, Investigated, and Resolved.
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General Audit; A-09-16-01000
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.
This federally funded brief summarizes findings from a study that examined whether the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division ensured that allegations and referrals of abuse and neglect of children eligible for foster care payments under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act were recorded, investigated, and resolved in accordance with State requirements, as required by Federal law. For the study, a review was conducted of 100 complaints against group homes or certified foster family homes in which a child eligible for Title IV-E foster care payments was involved and, when necessary, licensing program analysts and supervisors were interviewed. Findings indicate the licensing division did not accurately record or investigate one complaint, complete investigations in a timely manner, refer priority I and II complaints to the Investigations Branch, adequately cross-report complaints to the Children and Family Services Division and to law enforcement, conduct onsite inspections within 10 days, associate an employee of a community care facility with the facility, or adequately clear plan-of-correction deficiencies. It is also noted that the licensing division lacked policies and procedures or did not follow existing policies and procedures and did not require its analysts and supervisors to take periodic mandatory complaint investigation training. Recommendations are made for improving the licensing division.
foster children; group homes; foster families; child welfare agencies; FOSTER CARE REVIEW; CHILD SAFETY; INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT; ABUSIVE FOSTER PARENTS; California; LICENSING; MANAGEMENT