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 >>
Updated below: The department says staffers like Moton are issued vans "to transport children." We recently learned what L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services employees aren't doing on the job -- namely, protecting kids from harm -- and now we might have a better idea of what they' ... More >>
charityguide.orgDespite the state's budget woes. the state legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger found money to fund a new law that funds foster care benefits for some as old as 21 -- for the children literally left behind. It might sound like an unnecessary luxury, but trust us when we ... More >>
Daniel Heimpel, freelance writer for the Weekly, has won the national Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism in Behalf of Children and Families, a national competition founded 15 years ago to recognize print reporters, editorial writers, and broadcasters whose coverage of child welfare "ad ... More >>
Microstipends for parentless youths got slashed by Arnold. Will kids fight back?
Police arrested a 43-year-old woman in what they say was a plot to hire a private investigator, who turned out to be an undercover officer, to kidnap her 7-year-old son from his foster parents. Newport Beach police this week announced the arrest of Niveen Ismail on suspicion of soliciting th ... More >>
Nobody can undo the damage to kids like John, raised from infancy by the foster-care industry
At 18, they lose their foster parents and become homeless. A law may help them
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By Daniel Heimpel In the world of foster kids, victories are few and often small. But this week, Santa Monica Pier was transformed, with more than 1,500 volunteers lined up in a blustery wind to meet the children with whom they'd spend the day. The 10th Annual Day of the Child, put on by Children ... More >>
While much of the country and the world woke up on November 5 relieved or even joyful at the previous day's election results, the day dawned bittersweet for many others here in Los Angeles and across the state. "It's one of the most exciting days because of, clearly, Barack, and one of the most disa ... More >>
Sacramento's politicians created a fat budget deficit. Then, local bureaucrats misspent state funds meant for foster kids. Now, foster kids might pay dearly. By D. Heimpel When wealthy philanthropist Daphna Ziman, wife of real estate magnate Richard S. Ziman, walked into the meeting room of the Lo ... More >>
Bureaucrats call it emancipation, but for foster kids theres no worse birthday
Four county workers accused of taking gift cards meant for foster kids remain on the job
County employees stole gift vouchers from foster kids. They might not be fired.
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
Supreme Court reaffirms inmates’ right to fair trial
How to fix California’s broken Foster-Care system
Another Pallotta TeamWorks’ setback leaves kids in the dust
If your mother can’t take care of you, who will? The story of Sophie’s boys
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