California not investigating foster care complaints promptly

The state agency responsible for overseeing California’s foster care system is violating its own rules by failing to promptly investigate complaints of children being mistreated or living in poorly maintained homes, according to records obtained by The Times.

Nearly 1,000 complaints have languished past the California Department of Social Services’ three-month deadline for completing such investigations.

Agency officials blame the problem on chronic staffing shortages and warn that the backlog is likely to persist for at least another year.

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