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Audit finds mismanagement at LA child welfare donation unit

Posted May 14

— A Los Angeles County audit of child welfare donations has found that thousands of toys weren't given out, inappropriate payments were made and fundraising efforts were largely ineffective.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/2pLP9LV ) the Board of Supervisors will consider a motion Tuesday to explore alternatives to the Children's Trust Fund Unit. The trust fund is an arm of the Department of Children and Family Services that is charged with raising money for foster kids' needs that aren't covered by other sources. It has helped provide foster children with holiday gifts and trips to summer camp, among other things.

The audit found the unit lacked oversight and disregarded internal controls, leading to unaccounted-for and misspent donations.

Brandon Nichols, the acting director of Children and Family Services, says he's "horribly disappointed" by the findings.

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