Missed Payments to L.A. County Foster Parents Prompt Supervisors’ Call for Inquiry

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Los Angeles County supervisors this week called for an inquiry into the “root cause” behind hundreds of missed payments from the county’s child protection agency to foster care parents, group home managers and others depending on public assistance.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis listens during a Board of Supervisors meeting in July 2016. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis listens during a Board of Supervisors meeting in July 2016. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The missed payments, first reported by The Times last month, left many in dire straits. A group home manager said she had to borrow thousands of dollars from friends to make payroll. One young adult transitioning from the foster care system said he had to wait in food lines to eat. Another said she was ousted from her home for failing to make rent.

The problem stems from glitches in a new digital case file management system implemented by the Department of Children and Family Services, county officials said.

A motion passed at the board meeting Tuesday and co-written by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn said people depending on DCFS are still missing payments, even though the problem began months ago.

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