Sex trafficking is a major scourge that has become a top issue for L.A. County leaders, who supported a state ballot initiative that will increase penalties for pimps and other miscreants who coerce people for the skin trade. But it turns out that a key source of victims for sex traffickers is righ ... More >>
Ploehn left blowin' in the wind.Trish Ploehn, the head of L.A. County's embattled child welfare department, is being replaced and will be offered a transfer to another position, county officials said. We reported recently about how Ploehn warned that a "smear campaign" had been waged against ... More >>
LAPDLorghaba, a DCFS worker, is accused of sexual battery.This official creep alert from the LAPD is especially creepy because the suspect in question is a county child services social worker who, authorities allege, threatened to take a woman's children away unless she submitted to his sexua ... More >>
The children of L.A. County.LA Weekly contributor Daniel Heimpel rips the Los Angeles Times Tuesday in a piece in the Huffington Post about its coverage of the county's child welfare woes. Others have been critical of the Times' coverage, but Heimpel spells out a litany of alleged problems w ... More >>
DCFSDCFS' Trish Ploehn, soon-to-be ousted?Two months before reports surfaced that the head of L.A. county's embattled child services division was slated to be replaced, her lawyer sent a letter to county CEO William T. Fujioka warning there was a "smear campaign" in the works against Trish Pl ... More >>
Mark Ridley-Thomas wants to get a handle on the number of deaths of county-supported kids.Update: The County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday unanimously approved a motion to have one entity at the county track these deaths (PDF). First posted Oct. 28 at 7 a.m. Kids under the care of your c ... More >>
The unincorporated South L.A. location of Erica Johnson's murder.It appears that Los Angeles County authorities might have had the kind of goods on the douchebag parents of a murdered 2-year-old girl that could have allowed them to take her away when she was born, according to county document ... More >>
File photo from DCFSUpdated at 6:05 p.m. with comments, after the jump, from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. An examination of how Los Angeles County officials have restricted information about the controversial, abuse-related deaths of children under the jurisdiction of the Department of Chi ... More >>
Nobody can undo the damage to kids like John, raised from infancy by the foster-care industry
When a horribly tortured boy enters child protection, does skin color hurt his safe ticket out?
Six boys eke out a precarious life in the toughest neighborhood in L.A.
Frances and Luis Aguilar fight to get their children back. But it takes more than that to keep the family together. Tensions reach a boiling point.
Lessons from a year with Frances, Luis and their children
Luis and Frances get a big break, and begin the rebuilding. Then things fall apart