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Department of Children and Family Services closing 'waiting rooms'

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Temporary cots fill a conference room at the DCFS headquarters south of downtown Los Angeles. Children taken into protective custody sometimes spend the night in the agency's fifth floor offices.
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Temporary cots fill a conference room at the DCFS headquarters south of downtown Los Angeles. Children taken into protective custody sometimes spend the night in the agency's fifth floor offices.

L.A. County's foster youth waiting rooms will shut down in the next few days after failing to live up to their own mission and standards.

Over the past few years, L.A. County proudly opened two spaces for foster kids known as Youth Welcome Centers.

These facilities are the only ones with a no-refusal policy and they've become a home for kids and teens who might otherwise become homeless.

But now there's word that these centers are closing.

Reporter Garrett Therolf who wrote about this for the Los Angeles Times, joined the show to discuss.

To hear the full interview, click the blue play button above.

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