Sex offender addresses tied to foster homes due to state law loophole

WHAT: More than 1,000 addresses for foster homes run by the California Department of Social Services and three county agencies match addresses found in the state’s sex-offender registries, according to a report. State Auditor Elaine Howle said about 600 of the addresses were tied to high-risk sex offenders.

HOW: The auditor’s office said that three years after it told Social Services officials to begin using the state’s sex offender registry to identify offenders who might be living or working near foster children, the department still wasn’t checking the database.

OUTRAGE: Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, requested the audit after reports of children’s deaths in foster care. He said current law allows sex offenders to stay for up to a month with friends or family members who operate foster homes — a loophole he said should be closed.

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