A thousand foster homes in California may share an address with a sex offender, according to a new report from the California State Auditor. But, the Department of Social Services is disputing that claim.
State Auditor Elaine Howell’s office compared the Department of Justice’s sex offender registry with the addresses of children in the state and county child welfare systems. Of the thousand matches, Howell says 600 are “high risk and in need of immediate investigation.”
She says the Department of Social Services failed to create an automated sex offender address match and is failing to live up to its requirements under the law.
Michael Weston with Social Services says it has investigated all of the address matches. “In many cases a sex offender no longer lived at the address, may have lived at that address prior to a facility being licensed and the information we were provided in many cases was not accurate,” he said.
But, Social Services has barred 31offenders from licensed facilities or homes. Eight foster care facilites have had their licenses revoked or suspended.