STATE OF CHILD ABUSE
2020 ICAN Data Report
DUE TO THE PANDEMIC AND GENERAL INTERRUPTION OF USUAL BUSINESS PROCESSES, WE WERE NOT ABLE TO PUBLISH THE 2020 STATE OF CHILD ABUSE REPORT IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY IN ITS USUAL FORM.
INSTEAD, AS AN ALTERNATIVE, WE ARE SIMPLY POSTING, ON OUR WEBSIRTE, THE AGENCY REPORTS THAT WERE ABLE TO BE COMPLETED DURING THE ONSET AND EARLY MONTHS OF THE PANDEMC.
MUCH WORK GOES INTO EACH OF THESE REPORTS AND AT ICAN WE BELIEVE ITS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO BRING AS MUCH VISIBILITY AS POSSIBLE THE AGENCY DATA THAT’S REPRESENTED.
WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INTERRUPTION AND ARE ONTRACK TO RESUME PUBLICATION OF THE 2021 REPORT.
Department of Children and Family Services
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) began operations on December 1, 1984. The Department’s 9,000+ staff provides legally mandated Emergency Response, Family Maintenance, Family Reunification, Permanent Placement and Adoptions services to children and families in its 20 Regional offices throughout the County.
Department of Mental Health
The Department of Mental Health (DMH) administers, develops, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates a continuum of mental health services for children and youth.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is a law enforcement agency which serves Los Angeles County, California. It was formed in April, 1850. The County area totals approximately 4,084 square miles with a population of just over 10 million residents (2019 U.S. Census Bureau). It is the largest Sheriff’s Department in the world, with approximately 18,000 employees. LASD provides general law enforcement services to 42 contract cities, 141 unincorporated communities, 216 facilities, hospitals, and clinics throughout the County, nine community colleges, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and 37 Superior Courts. LASD also provides services, such as crime laboratories, homicide investigations, and academy training, to smaller law enforcement agencies within the County. Additionally, LASD is responsible for providing security at seven custody facilities.
Los Angeles County Fire Department
The County of Los Angeles Fire Department serves 60 District Cities and all unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, spanning over 2,300 square miles, and protecting more than four million residents. The Department responds to over 400,000 requests for service annually. These responses include fires, natural disasters, emergency medical services (EMS), mutual aid, and more. EMS incidents account for approximately 86 percent of the Department’s total responses.
Department of Public Social Services
The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) had an operating budget of $4.424 billion and 13,791 employees in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020. The primary responsibilities of DPSS are: to promote self-sufficiency and personal responsibility; to provide financial assistance to low-income residents of Los Angeles County; and to refer a child to protective services whenever it is suspected that the child is being abused, neglected or exploited, or the home in which the child is living in is unsuitable.
California Department of Justice
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is mandated to maintain an index of all California reports of child abuse and severe neglect pursuant to Penal Code section 11170. The Child Abuse Central Index (CACI) was created in 1965 by the California State Legislature
Los Angeles County Probation Department
The Los Angeles County Probation Department (Probation) was established in 1903 with the enactment of California’s first probation laws. As a criminal justice agency, Probation has expanded to become the largest Probation Department in the world
Office of County Counsel
The primary mission of the Dependency Division is the litigation of dependency cases involving allegations of child abuse and neglect. The Office of the County Counsel, through this division, represents the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). DCFS is the agency charged with initiating petitions under Welfare and Institutions Code section 300 requesting the juvenile court to intervene in the lives of children who are alleged to be victims of child abuse. On average, DCFS files 61 new petitions each day between Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court in Monterey Park and the Alfred J. McCourtney Juvenile Justice Center in Lancaster. The Dependency Division also supports DCFS in a range of programs and initiatives targeted to improve the dependency system.
Office of the Los Angeles County City Attorney
The Los Angeles City Attorney plays a leading role in shaping the future of Los Angeles by fighting to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, reducing gang activity, preventing gun violence, standing up for consumers and the elderly, protecting our environment and much more. The City Attorney’s Office writes every municipal law for the City of Los Angeles and advises the City Council, Mayor and all City departments and commissions. The Office also defends the City in litigation, brings lawsuits on behalf of the People and prosecutes misdemeanor crimes such as domestic violence, driving under the influence, gun violence and vandalism. The Office strives every day to help build a safe and strong Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Superior Court
The Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, is the California superior court with jurisdiction over Los Angeles County, which includes the city of Los Angeles. It is the largest single unified trial court in the United States.
Office of the Alternate Public Defender
The Office of the Alternate Public Defender (APD) was created by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (BOS) in 1993 to provide high quality and caring legal representation to indigent persons charged with crimes in Los Angeles County criminal courts where the Public Defender declared a conflict of interest.
Los Angeles County Community Child Abuse Prevention Councils
The Los Angeles County Community Child Abuse Councils consist of 12 community-based councils throughout Los Angeles County. The mission of the Councils is to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect and educate the public about child abuse and family violence issues.