It is false and misleading to imply that if fully staffed, the Department would produce quality results.
Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) May 19, 2010
Thousands of child abuse tips (more than 18,000) go uninvestigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) within the time mandated by the State, even though the deadline for completing such investigations was recently increased from 30 to 60 days, according to the Los Angeles Times. In response, Troist Ploehn, the Director of DCFS blamed the fact that the Department is short staffed and stated, "All of the things that equate with quality do take time."
The County of Los Angeles admits that DCFS has approximately 7,000 employees and an annual budget in excess of $1.5 billion. According to the Los Angeles Times, only 596 of those employees are emergency response unit workers.
"The most appropriate allocation of its funding should be the investigation of allegations of abuse and neglect in those situations in which the children are still at risk," said Mark B. Baer, a Los Angeles family law attorney. Mr Baer also commented that, "It is false and misleading to imply that if fully staffed, the Department would produce quality results. Even if DCFS had all the time in the world and had all of its purported staffing issues resolved, quality would not be a term used to describe its results."
According to the Los Angeles Times, "more than a dozen children had died of abuse or neglect in each of the two previous years after coming to the attention of the department." Referring to what he described as the incompetence of DCFS and the inappropriate allocation of funds within DCFS, Mr. Baer commented that, "when 'lives and families (especially the children) seem to pay the price', that price is just a bit too high."
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