LOS ANGELES COUNTY: FIXING THE SYSTEM

LOS ANGELES COUNTY CREATES A MODEL PLAN TO GET HELP INTO TROUBLED HOMES

IN THE SORDID UNDERWORLD OF SUNny Los Angeles County, where 40,000 children have been removed from their violent, neglectful or drug-addicted families, the pink-stucco True Way Baptist Church may well be a station on the road to salvation. Just ask Delores Mayes, 28, whose children were seized and placed in foster homes when her crack habit got out of hand. Faced with losing them for good, Mayes entered a detox program for six months but had nowhere to take them when she emerged. That is when the church, under contract to the county, stepped in: its outreach workers found her housing...

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