LA County to stop sending children to foster firm

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County officials have decided to stop sending children to a private foster care agency after allegations of abuse and dubious financial practices.

The Los Angeles Times says the action involves Teens Happy Homes. Critics also have urged the county to cancel its multimillion-dollar contract.

Teens placed more than 1,100 children with families in recent years.

However, a Times investigation found that youths made hundreds of abuse allegations and an audit found at least $100,000 in questionable financial dealings.

The paper says funds were used to pay the credit card bills of the agency’s chief executive and $70,000 was paid to her daughter and other associates who did little or no agency work.

The paper says Teens officials declined to comment.

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