A Culture of Fear: An Inside Look at Los Angeles County's Department of Children & Family Services

A Culture of Fear: An Inside Look at Los Angeles County's Department of Children & Family Services

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by Lmft Julian J. Dominguez, M. a. Melinda Murphy
     
 
A Culture of Fear takes readers inside the largest child protective services agency in the country, Los Angeles County's Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS). Julian J. Dominguez and Melinda Murphy, current and former DCFS employees, respectively, expose some of the most serious deficiencies of the agency.

They detail systemic core issues that include a

Overview

A Culture of Fear takes readers inside the largest child protective services agency in the country, Los Angeles County's Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS). Julian J. Dominguez and Melinda Murphy, current and former DCFS employees, respectively, expose some of the most serious deficiencies of the agency.

They detail systemic core issues that include a lack of integrity in DCFS court report writing, and describe how reunification of families is marginalized or set aside and eclipsed by other priorities, including personal opinions, departmental positions, personality conflicts, prejudices/biases, and "cover your ass at all costs."

The authors shine a light on the struggles of social workers in this agency, where values can stray far, far, from the publicly proclaimed mission, which is supposed to protect children and reunify families.

This book is very unique by all measures, and is meant to serve as a starting point, not a solution or finish line. It will hopefully evoke meaningful dialogue resulting in reform and needed change.

About the Authors

Julian J. Dominguez, LMFT, received his master's degree from Chapman University in marriage, family, and child counseling. He is a licensed MFT and his specialties include child welfare, sexual assault, vicarious trauma, and critical incident debriefing. He has worked for DCFS since 1996. As a family group decision-making practitioner, he facilitated over 1,500 family and emancipation conferences.

Melinda Murphy, M.A., worked in child welfare for over twenty years. She is currently a social work investigator with a nonprofit agency in Los Angeles. She earned her master's at the University of Nevada, Reno, was a caseworker with Children of the Night, which helped get children in prostitution and pornography off the streets of Hollywood, and then worked with DCFS.

Publisher's website: http://sbprabooks.com/JulianJDominguezandMelindaMurphy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628572100
Publisher:
Strategic Book Group, LLC
Publication date:
12/13/2013
Pages:
156
Sales rank:
609,658
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

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A Culture of Fear: An Inside Look at Los Angeles County's Department of Children & Family Services 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author, who happens to be an employee at DCFS, and co-author describe the "Culture of Fear" at DCFS to the "T".
Isabela123 More than 1 year ago
Been in this system myself and starting a Support Group in the Carson area, and seeing what DCFS does to Relative Caregivers and am sure Foster parents.......but being a Relative Caregivers am a Advocate for them and fight DCFS daily at one DCFS office or other.....how ever there are some GREAT WORKERS BUT NOT AT ALL THE OFFICE THEY HAVE. HOW EVER i AGREE WITH THE BOOK, SOCIAL WORKERS ARE UNDER WHAT THEY CALL 1. SUPERVISIOR, THEN A ARA, THEN A RA, THEN A DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND THEY ARE SOMETHING ELSE..............FOR A STATE RUN AND SUPPOST TO HAVE POLICY AND PROCEDURES, THEY EACH SPA (AS THEY ARE CALLED) DO THERE OWN THING AND RULES ARE NEVER THE SAME...........I have been fighting this system for 10 years now and to read the book and find it has been going on since late 80's and 90's it needs to be closed down and review and be sure they are really here for the care of children,......Board of Superviors are a joke, they don't even know and don't care..........p I have a support group and if u want to meet talk with some caregivers call me Advocated 5 Family Caregivers, Betty 213-923-1613 Being in the system is not a good thing..........I had very little problem in my own case, but i was not afraid of them BUT SEEING WHAT THEY DID AND DO TO OTHER CAREGIVERS I HAD TO GO AFTER THEM AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT WE WIN SOME AND LOSE ON OTHER.......THE WHOLE SYSTEM IS BAD THE COURT THAT HEARS THESE CASES ARE A JOKE ALSO.........U CAN BE THE CAREGIVER HAVE THE CHILD/CHILDREN 24/7 BUT HAVE NO SAY IN THE COURT ROOM AND MAY NOT EVEN BE ALLOWED IN...........IT IS SOMETHING NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE TILL THEY HAVE BEEN PUT IN THESYSTEM OF DEPTARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICE............THANKS TO THE AUTHORS OF THIS GREAT BOOK........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is truly a must read for anyone who works in the field of helping to protect children, whether it be as a CSW, a support service or volunteer. Because of the broken system, the people who try to help wind up becoming broken themselves due to lack of emotional support or just plain fear. And the cycle keeps going on and on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking and a must read. An agency that claims to protect children is exposed. Operating out of fear and holding its social works to culture of compliance. How children and Families are broken up by the largest Family agency in the nation. A must read for all social worker university programs. You will not want to put this book down.