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L.A. County's new child welfare champion

L.A. County's new child welfare champion

The chief task of Michael Nash, assuming he is confirmed Tuesday as the first permanent leader of the Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection, will be to coordinate the work of several dozen departments and agencies to ensure they are working cooperatively in the interest of child welfare.

That's a prosaic and somewhat obvious statement, but it's worth making because so many critics have insisted over the years that the county's troubled child welfare operation could be fixed only by switching ideologies, procedures, leaders, training, union rules or social workers. The essential genius of the county Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection, which filed its report last...