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VIDEO: Newsmakers: Helping at-risk children

Adrienne Alpert speaks with Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Supervisor Mike Antonovich regarding at-risk children in the County. The program aired on Sunday, November 14, 2010.

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Supervisor Ridley-Thomas on 'Which Way, L.A.?' with Warren Olney

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Discusses Child Welfare and Confidentiality in LA County on 'Which Way, L.A.?'

Child Welfare Records: The Latest LA Confidential (7:07PM)
Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said yesterday, “The obsession with leaks… exceeds the obsession with child deaths.” He was the lone dissenter in a 4-to-1 vote to investigate what was called the “inappropriate disclosure of confidential child welfare information.” At issue is a series in the LA Times on the deaths of children in families that are supposed to be under the scrutiny of the County’s child welfare officials. Dissenter Zev Yaroslavsky said after the vote, “all the energy that is spent on that is energy that is not spent on trying to figure out what’s going wrong in the Department of Children and Family Services.” We hear from a Times reporter , Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who voted for the investigation, and an advocate of open government.

Guests:

Garrett Therolf: Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Mark Ridley-Thomas: LA County Supervisor
Terry Francke: General Counsel, Californians Aware

"Incarcerated Parents Project" Holds Kick-Off Event Tomorrow to Strengthen Bonds Between Inmates and Children Through Visitation

Friends Outside in Los Angeles County, in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, is hosting a kick-off event for the “Incarcerated Parents Project” (IPP) at the Century Regional Detention Center on Thursday, June 17th from 1 to 3 p.m. The program is designed to introduce community leaders to IPP; explain how the agencies involve facilitate visitation between incarcerated parents and their children and what that looks like.

This project is one of very few in the country that promotes family bonds between children of inmates and their incarcerated parents who qualify for services. The goal is to promote the family reunification services for children in foster care in families with parental incarceration through services that include the following: supervised visitation; assistance to complete case plans with Dependency Court; liaison support between incarcerated parents and their Children’s Social Workers; and, supportive services for children and their caregivers.

There will be a tour of Century Regional Detention Facility immediately following Program. Tour participants need to be cleared in advance.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
Century Regional Detention Facility

11705 South Alameda Street
Lynwood, CA 90262