Photos show children sleeping on the floor, tables at the Fresno County CPS office


FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – Disturbing photos from inside a Fresno County Child Protective Services office raise questions about how children awaiting placement are being cared for.

The Fresno County Child Protective Services offices are usually a quick stop for children while they wait to be placed in their new home or facility.

The union representing county social workers shared the photos, showing the messy office and children sleeping on the floor and on tables.

The union calls it dangerous and unhealthy for staff and young people.

Social worker Lorriane Ramirez said, in part: “We have no choice but to bring this to the public because we are the only advocates for these children and they don’t deserve more trauma than they are. already faced. “

“My first reaction was that you are laughing at me!” Something is seriously wrong here! explained Assembly Member Jim Patterson.

Patterson says he was made aware of the issue last week and points to several factors, both regulatory and legislative, that he says have dramatically reduced placement options for young people with complex needs.

“Here we have a real confusion with bureaucracy and legislation and who suffers? These children are the most fragile, ”said Patterson.

Patterson sent a letter to state officials calling on them to work with Fresno County to resolve the issue.

Fresno County has also asked the state for help. A county spokesperson said other counties in California are facing similar challenges due to legislative changes and have not received the additional funding needed.

Next spring, the county’s child welfare division will move to a new facility with more amenities, such as showers and a kitchen.

Until then, local and state leaders commit to finding solutions so that no child falls through the cracks.

“We have solved this problem for the kids and we can solve this problem and I think we should do it right away and I will stay on it until we find a solution,” Patterson said.

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