State orders Sacramento County foster care office to stop housing kids overnight

Sacramento County has until Sept. 30 to improve a foster care intake process that has allowed abused and neglected kids and teens to sleep on the floor of a county-run building.

The California Department of Social Services sent a letter to the county on July 27, saying the county is in violation of state codes because it’s not licensed to house children overnight at the Centralized Placement Support Unit.

Foster children are sent to the unit in Sacramento before they are placed into a home by county CPS. The building is located in the back of the six-acre campus of the Children’s Receiving Home on Auburn Boulevard. Inside is a team of Child Protective Services workers that do background checks on relatives and help find placement for a child or teen in need.

The unit, which KCRA wasn’t able to see for privacy concerns, has a lobby,…

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