LA terminates contract with private foster agency

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Updated: 6/11/2013 5:37 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to sever its contract with a private foster care agency after reports of misspending funds and alleged abuse.

City News Service reports the board will give Teens Happy Homes Inc. 90 days' notice following Tuesday's unanimous decision.

Problems at the agency go back at least a decade. Audit findings show agency employees were spending money meant for children on beer and cigarettes, in addition to allegations of child abuse and neglect.

The agency had more than 80 children in 42 homes at last count in April.

Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Gloria Molina have been pushing to end the county's contract since April. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is considering separate charges against Teens Happy Homes.


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