Unprotected: An Investigation o Sacramento County's Child Protective Services

Number 24031
Subject Children
Source Sacramento Bee
State CA
Year 2008
Publication Date 06/22/2008; 06/23/2008
Summary A dozen years after the 1996 torture-death of one boy triggered major reforms within Sacramento County's Child Protective Services, -- and resulted in a quadrupling of the agency's budget and doubling of its staff -- many of the same problems persist in 2008. The Sacramento Bee found that, despite the massive increase in resources, numerous children continue to be injured or killed who had prior involvement with Sacramento's CPS. Among the problems detailed by The Bee: inadequate supervision and training, sloppy investigations, poor evaluation of children's risk, lack of accountability for serious mistakes. In its follow-up stories, which prompted a grand jury investigation, The Bee used a new state law related to child deaths to push CPS to release case files and found it had illegally altered the records of one boy who died in their care.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 93
Keywords child protective services; county government; torture; child welfare; government agency; government accountablity; child services
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