Auditor finds sex offenders living in foster homes
October 29, 2011
The California State Auditor discovered more than 1,000 sex offenders have the same addresses as licensed foster homes, according to a report released Thursday by the state auditor.
In July, the auditor asked Social Services to investigate the address matches.
Those investigations resulted in legal actions taken against eight foster home licensees, six of whom had registered sex offenders living or present in licensed facilities.
Social Services discovered 36 registered sex offenders having “some association” with county foster homes and took action including removing foster children from homes and ordering registered sex offenders to leave licensed facilities. The auditor said 600 of the address match investigations showed “high risk.”
The auditor recommended Social Services should conduct regular address comparisons using the sex offender registry and its licensing information system in order to ensure that foster children are safe from sex offenders.