The LA County Department That's Allowed Children to Die

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Four years ago, Los Angeles County reported a backlog in child abuse investigations, which it called a "crisis." Now, the LA Times has uncovered a report filed in April of last year depicting a foster-care horror-show, including a case of torture and the deaths of 15 children as young as two from neglect and brutality. Caseworkers at the Department of Children and Family Services overlooked documented histories of abusive behavior on the part of foster parents and ignored hot-line complaints.

Credits

Guests:
Garrett Therolf - UC Berkeley and Common Sense News - @gtherolf, Philip Browning - LA County Department of Children and Family Services, Andrew Bridge - Child Welfare Initiative

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Katie Cooper, Sonya Geis