The Children’s Services Delivery System in California

Report #84, October 1987


California has recognized its responsibilities for the well-being of its children by establishing numerous programs to serve and protect them, but the State’s children’s services delivery system is beset with critical problems.

This multi-faceted report contains 23 findings regarding the children’s services delivery system and the problems of serving children in need of child care services, runaway/homeless youth, and abused and neglected children. Among the report’s 36 recommendations to improve the overall performance of children’s services in California, the Commission recommends the establishment of a Commission on Children and Youth to set overall State priorities for serving children; adopting a uniform children’s policy to address the full range of services necessary to appropriately treat children in need; the expansion of child care services in the public and private sectors; and establishing statewide minimum training requirements for child care teachers and caregivers.