Child Protection: "A State of Emergency"

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For decades, there have been horror stories about kids under the supervision of LA County. In 1996, 2008 and 2012, child protection services have been criticized and supposedly upgraded, but many of the 36,000 kids under County jurisdiction are still “unseen, unheard and unsafe.” That’s the conclusion of the latest blue-ribbon commission, appointed last year when 8-year old Gabriel Fernandez was brutally killed after six visits by social workers, who failed to remove him from the custody of his mother and her boyfriend. They’re both facing charges of 1st degree murder. Next Tuesday, the commission will make a report to the Board of Supervisors.

Credits

Guests:
Marilyn Flynn - School of Social Work, USC - @USCDeanFlynn, Dan Scott - LA County Sheriff's Dept Special Victims Bureau, Mark Ridley-Thomas - LA County Board of Supervisors - @mridleythomas

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Andrea Brody, Gideon Brower