California Law to Close Group Homes Stresses Importance of Family for Every Foster Kid

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According to Katrina Alston, the ratio of staff to foster children is insufficient. Where she worked, there was one staff member assigned to six girls.

Katrina Alston wasn’t trained as a therapist, social worker or anything of that nature when she worked at a Pasadena, California, group home for emotionally troubled teenage girls in the Los Angeles County foster care system. She simply went through a weeklong training process and two weeks of job shadowing . . .

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