Browning to head Department of Children and Family Services

Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to appoint Philip Browning to lead the County’s Department of Children and Family Services.

During his tenure in Los Angeles County, Philip has inspired a great deal of confidence with his leadership at Child Support Services, Public Social Services and as the interim director of Children and Family Services.  He has made good in-roads in addressing the challenges the department has faced and I believe he will be an effective leader in finding long-term solutions to the problems we face.

We need to “reboot” our approach to child welfare.  On any given day, we serve over 35,000 children.  From the moment they enter our system from a crisis situation, to the monitoring of their progress with their family or in foster care, we need consistent rules and policies across our 17 regional offices, with clear lines of accountability.

Our number one priority must be the children – they must have the rights, the focus, the attention, and the support they need to grow up safely with the potential for a great future.  I’m confident that Philip shares that goal and will guide the department forward in doing everything possible to protect the children of Los Angeles County.