Supervisor Cox, Roberts Seek Child Welfare System Review
San Diego - - County Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts, who for two decades have worked closely on youth-focused policies to improve the plight of children in the community, today asked the Chief Administrative Officer to create a Working Group that would conduct an assessment of the County's Child Welfare System and provide recommendations for improvements.
"Our Child Welfare System has made great progress in recent years while implementing new state and federal regulations, but we believe in continuously improving our programs and services to better serve our children," said Cox. "In that spirit, we are asking for this review of our foster care system with feedback from experienced community partners."
"More than 15 years ago, Greg and I organized a comprehensive look at the Child Welfare System, and the results were San Pasqual Academy for foster youth and a series of subsequent best-practices policies," said Roberts. "With so much change having taken place in the intervening years, the time is right for a fresh assessment."
The Supervisors seek the creation of a Working GRoup that will work under the County's Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council. The 13-person group would review the Child Welfare System looking for improvements to ensure the health and safety of youth in foster care.
The Working Group is expected to provide a full report to the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council by November and a list of recommendations to the Board of Supervisors by December.
The deep child welfare histories of Cox and Roberts include serving on the subcommittee for the San Pasqual Academy and the Polinksy Children's Center.