Head of LA Child Services to Resign

Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services Director Bobby Cagle is stepping down at the end of the year. Cagle notified county supervisors in a letter Tuesday. He said he plans to work in the private sector.

There were high hopes when Cagle took over in 2017. As California County News wrote at the time:

On paper, Cagle appears to be a perfect fit. He took over Georgia’s child protection unit following the death of a five-year-old girl whose family had had multiple run-ins with Georgia social workers. L.A.’s DCFS is still suffering fallout from an almost identical case: the 2013 murder of eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez.

Upon taking over Georgia’s DCFS, Cagle immediately implemented a series of reforms aimed at preventing a similar tragedy in the future. These included a comprehensive five-year plan and a hiring spree to reduce caseloads for social workers.

Those hopes were dashed with a spate of new child deaths and abuse cases under Cagle’s leadership at LA DCFS. Just last month, a foster mother in Norwalk was charged with torturing a 4-year-old boy in her care. County leaders demanded an investigation into DCFS’ handling of the case and Cagle came under scrutiny and criticism. There have been a number of other horrifying incidents that cast doubt on Cagle’s performance.

Cagle’s number two, Ginger Pryor, will take over on an interim basis after he leaves. Retired LA DCFS Deputy Director Dawna Yokoyama will become interim chief deputy director.


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