Governor Brown told the legislature’s Human Services Committee this that she will use every power in her office to stop what has become a “business as usual” situation with abusive foster home clients licensed by the state.
In testimony this week, it was revealed that children in foster homes can be abused having little or no food or clean place to sleep because foster care providers can legally bar state monitors access to their facilities. Only when there is a chance of a child dying do state inspectors have the legal right to compel access to a foster care operation.
Governor Brown and committee lawmakers appear poised to make quick regulatory changes that give foster care inspectors unfettered access to any foster care client facility. In addition to health and sanitation violations, one foster care operation is accused of lying to regulators on the status of children under their care and that the owner was skimming funds for personal use.
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