The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services continues to move forward in providing the best possible services and supports to the 36,000 children and their families served each day.
A top priority has been the hiring of 1,200 new social workers to help reduce high caseloads, allowing our social workers more time to provide quality services for our clients and conduct thorough investigations to ensure child safety.
Our Training Academies have fully implemented simulation trainings, where newly-hired social workers role-play scenarios they are likely to encounter in the field. These innovative “sim labs” are designed to resemble the interior of a small family home and have drawn the attention of other child welfare agencies.
At the sim labs, social workers try their hand at conducting investigations and receive immediate feedback from trainers, as well as law enforcement, medical and legal consultants.
Our new web-based policy manual, meanwhile, provides social workers with quick and easy access to information so they can make critical decisions on safety issues in a timely manner.
This online tool has drawn positive reviews from our employees. The sim lab and the web-based manual are just two examples of Los Angeles County leading the way in improving child safety.
None of these successes would be possible without the support of our Board of Supervisors, our Chief Executive Officer and our partners in the county and the community. I thank you all for your support. I especially would like to thank the women and men of our department who work tirelessly every day to ensure the health and well-being of the children we serve.