LOS ANGELES (AP) — California officials are threatening to fine Los Angeles County as it struggles with a critical shortage of foster care for children removed from homes.
The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/15aT4z6 ) says between May 28 and July 5, nearly 600 children were diverted to holding rooms as social workers struggled to find them foster beds. More than 100 were there for more than the state limit of 24 hours and dozens spent several nights in the centers.
California regulators have given the county until Wednesday to fix the problem or face possible daily fines.
Child welfare chief Philip Browning says the county is contracting with private foster care agencies and has agreed to pay for speedier criminal background checks on relatives willing to take kids removed from homes.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com
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