Legislation that will allow state and county child welfare agencies to share vital information necessary for the safe placement and monitoring of children in foster care has passed its final fiscal test in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and will next face a full Assembly Floor vote. SB 1136, authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), will permit the California Department of Social Services (DSS) to share criminal history exemption information of foster care providers with county child welfare agencies.
Senator Huff and Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) teamed up to introduce the legislation at the request of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors following dozens of abuse and neglect deaths in recent years involving foster children who had been under the care of the county’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
“When the state removes children from their homes for their personal safety, the state and county assume an obligation to keep these vulnerable children from greater abuse or neglect a second time,” said Senator Huff. “Yet, at the …read more
Source: State Senator Bob Huff