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The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services on Friday approved V. Stiviano -- who made the now-infamous recording of Sterling making racial remarks -- to care for two boys, ages 12 and 13, according to Calabasas lawyer Mac Nehoray.
He said a DCFS social worker signed off on Stiviano as the boys' temporary guardian after visiting the three-bedroom, $1.8-million home the Clippers owner bought for her last year.
The social worker's visit came just hours before Stiviano gave an interview to ABC's Barbara Walters, in which she denied being Sterling's mistress and said she did not believe he is a racist.
The approval "happened in the middle of all the craziness," said Nehoray.
Stiviano, 31, has known the boys for three years and hopes to eventually adopt them.
He said Sterling knew and "has been supportive" of Stiviano's relationship with the boys.
Nehoray said a Radar Online report Tuesday that she had adopted two African American boys was erroneous.
One boy is of "Cambodian Mexican descent and one is Mexican and Native American descent," Nehoray said.