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Los Angeles County Sued Over ‘Foster Care to Homelessness Pipeline’

A class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that Los Angeles County has often failed to provide “safe and stable” placements for older foster youth in its care, forcing many to live on the street, in short-term motels and in shelters.

“Far too often, the system designed to protect and safeguard youths’ needs exacerbates their trauma as they are cycled through multiple unsuitable placements, lose contact with siblings and other loved ones, and experience abuse and neglect in foster placements,” states the complaint filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of six foster youth, ages 17 to 20.

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