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Healing L.A.'s child welfare system
A blue-ribbon commission on child protection, set to meet Thursday for the first time, was formed in response to the death earlier this year of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez of Palmdale after county Department of Children and Family Services workers missed or ignored warning signs and complaints that the boy was being regularly and severely abused. This week, county officials announced that they had taken steps to fire four workers involved in the Palmdale boy's case, and that others had received warning or reprimand letters. So the closure, or rather the hint of it, in that particular case may move some to now see the blue-ribbon commission's task as superfluous. Others may want to panel to focus on whether discipline in the Fernandez case should move further up the chain of command.
August 1, 2013