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L.A. County's foster center should be closed immediately, panel says

L.A. County's foster center should be closed immediately, panel says

Los Angeles County's foster care system should promptly shut down its last-resort facility for older youth with nowhere else to go and make significant new investments in the facility for younger youth, a special committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors has concluded. The committee's report was prompted by a Feb. 28 article in the Los Angeles Times that described an array of problems at the county's Youth Welcome Center, including the recruitment of foster children for prostitution and workers who said the operation was spiraling out of control. "The current situation is unacceptable for children already traumatized by abuse and neglect," the report, which...

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