Nearly 1,000 Children Missing in County
missing foster children website brings new hope


Nearly 1,000 Children Missing in County
Missing foster children website brings new hope

Nearly 1,000 children are missing from the foster care system in Los Angeles County.

The county's Department of Children and Family Services is charged with the care of just over 50,000 children (about 10% of the number in foster care Nationwide) and over 31,000 are in foster homes.

In a report released in January, the DCFS said 990 children had run away or been abducted from foster care in the past few years.

The new Missing Foster Children website may bring new hope that these kids can be found.

"This Web site is an important tool that allows the public to aid in the effort to find these children and return them to county care," Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said.

The website lists over 700 of the missing children, nearly 300 of them with a picture. It's promised the site will be updated weekly with the most current information on missing and abducted children.

The photos and names of missing foster children in Los Angeles County are being posted in an effort to get the public's assistance in locating them.

It's hoped that eventually this new site will be integrate with the District Attorney's Office's Abducted Children Web site (see below) may add missing and abducted children from the probation system.

Anyone having information about a child is urged to contact the Department of Children and Family Services at:

Missing Foster Children website:

800 / 540-4000



Missing and abducted children

Here are some other useful tools that deal with missing and abducted children, available locally through the County of Los Angeles:

District Attorney
Crimes of Violence
(see) Child Abduction Section

Child abduction is a serious and traumatic crime. While everyone has become aware of frightening "stranger kidnappings," abductions are most often carried out by people who know the child. The District Attorney's Office is committed to combating both types of abductions and to protecting the custody rights of parents and legal guardians throughout Los Angeles County.

The District Attorney's Child Abduction Section is comprised of specially trained prosecutors and investigators who assist parents and children in three important ways:

1) Criminal Prosecution
  Experienced deputy district attorneys in the Child Abduction Section vigorously prosecute all individuals who abduct, conceal, or withhold a child from a parent who lives in Los Angeles County.
2) Family Court Enforcement
  The Child Abduction Section enforces Family Court orders in certain situations when a child has been abducted or concealed from a parent in violation of a custody order. Specially trained investigators regularly travel across the United States to physically recover children and bring them back to their lawful custodians.
3) International Child Abduction Assistance
  Specially trained staff in the Child Abduction Section work with international treaties and protocols to return children that have been abducted to other countries from Los Angeles County.

For more information about the services provided by the Child Abduction Section, please browse our website by clicking on the links at the top of the page:

Child Abduction Section:

Crimes of Violence
(see) Child Abduction Section

213 / 974-3931



Department of Children and Family Services

Vision and Mission

Los Angeles County children should reach adulthood having experienced a safe, healthy and nurturing childhood which prepares them to become responsible and contributing members of the community. The family provides the home environment which allows this development to take place.

However, when the family is unable to provide this safe, secure and nurturing living environment for the child, the community assumes that responsibility.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services is the public agency charged with the duty of establishing, managing and advocating a system of services in partnership with parents, relatives, foster parents and community organizations which ensures that:

Children are safe from abuse, neglect and exploitation;
Families who can provide a safe home environment for children are respected and strengthened;
Children who families are unable to provide a safe home environment are provided temporary homes which support optimum growth and development;
Children in temporary homes receive safe, secure, nurturing and stable permanent homes in a timely manner;
Youth who reach adulthood under our care are providing the opportunity to succeed.

Community partnerships are mobilized to promote the healthy development of children and youth; prevent child abuse, neglect and exploitation and provide a comprehensive array of community-based health, recreation, child development, education, employment, housing, justice and social services which work in concert to support and preserve families.

Department of Children
and Family Services

List of Services Provided

213 / 351-5602



. 7 Safety Tips for Children

Share these rules with your children:

1. Before I go anywhere, I always check first with my parents or the person in charge. I tell them where I am going, how I will get there, who will be going with me, and when I'll be back.
2. I check first for permission from my parents before getting into a car or leaving with anyone, even someone I know. I check first before changing plans or accepting money, gifts, or drugs without my parents' knowledge.
3. It is safer for me to be with other people when going places or playing outside. I always use the "buddy system."
4. I say "NO" if someone tries to touch me in ways that make me feel frightened, uncomfortable or confused. Then I go and tell a grown-up I trust what happened.
5. I know it is not my fault if someone touches me in a way that is not O.K. I don't have to keep secrets about those touches.
6. I trust my feelings and talk to grown-ups about problems that are too big for me to handle on my own. A lot of people care about me and will listen and believe me. I am not alone.
7. It is never too late to ask for help. I can keep asking until I get the help I need.