San Diego County administration building
The historic San Diego County administration building. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox took their first actions as co-chairs of a newly created advisory board tasked with improving the county’s child welfare system.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to disband the county’s Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council in favor of the Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board, which will include seats for 19 members, 11 of which will be reserved for local child welfare advocates.

“The Child Welfare Services landscape is always changing,” Cox said. “There are many new requirements, and the needs of our youth and families are dynamic. It’s important to highlight the good work we do. But we must not rest on our laurels.”

The co-chairs said the advisory board expects to meet for the first time next month, at which time the panel will receive a recommended implementation plan from the county’s Child Welfare Services staff. The ordinance establishing the advisory board takes effect April 25.

“The new advisory board is about changing the culture around child welfare here in the county of San Diego, and we have a lot of work to do,” Fletcher said. “With a new oversight structure focused on accountability and transparency, and by engaging a broader coalition of leaders in this field, we can begin to drive meaningful change to our child welfare system.”

–City News Service