Report Uncovers Flaws in California's Oversight of Foster Youth Group Homes

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More than half the investigations of group homes for foster youth in California go unresolved, according to a new report by ProPublica published in the California Sunday Magazine. Between 2009 and 2014, the state's Department of Social Services left complaints as serious as physical abuse, improper sexual activity and incorrect use of restraints by staff go unanswered. We discuss the report and look at the challenges facing California's group home system. What reforms may be appropriate?

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Joaquin Sapien, reporter for ProPublica

Bill Grimm, senior attorney with the National Center for Youth Law where he focuses on child welfare and foster care issues

Matthew Madaus, president and CEO of the Edgewood Center for Children and Families

Carroll Schroeder, executive director of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services