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Audit of L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services to include child-death investigator

Los Angeles County Supervisors expanded an audit of the Department of Children and Family Services to include the county’s special child-death investigator, Rosemarie Belda.

The audit was originally approved last week to look at management problems in the department, but Supervisor Gloria Molina wanted the audit to also review Belda after county officials developed concerns that her work is not sufficiently thorough.

Of the recommendations Belda made since assuming the job last year, only a few were directed to a department other than Children and Family Services, despite the widespread belief that there is a shared responsibility among many departments for breakdowns in the child-welfare safety net.

In a separate action, the supervisors approved a recommendation from Chief Executive William T Fujioka that the county’s Office of Independent Review be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the welfare agency's internal affairs and disciplinary procedures. 

-- Garrett Therolf at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration

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