City News Service
RIVERSIDE - The Riverside County agency that investigates child welfare concerns is undergoing reforms aimed at reducing the county's liability exposure because of a breakdown in procedures intended to prevent youngsters from being put at risk, according to a report released today by the Executive Office.
The external review of the Children's Services Division was composed following a roughly yearlong investigation conducted by attorney Christie Swiss of Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart. The firm was hired by county CEO George Johnson in the wake of scandals that enveloped the Department of Public Social Services, to which the Children's Services Division is attached, as a result of several disturbing cases involving young girls.
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