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 earned the unanimous support of the State Assembly during a floor vote today. SB 1136, authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) and Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), 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 Mitchell introduced 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 same time, we have a section …read more
Source: State Senator Bob Huff