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Bay Area county's foster child receiving center called unsafe

Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:46 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:46 a.m.

SAN JOSE — A Bay Area county's new foster child receiving center in a downtown San Jose basement is being called woefully inadequate.

A scathing report released on Thursday says the Santa Clara County center, which opened weeks ago, is cramped and dangerous. It calls for urgent relocation of the facility.

The San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/WY1VSx ) says Superior Court juvenile justice commission members visited the center last month and found it unwelcoming.

Outside the building, the inspectors found abandoned medical equipment and a trash bin filled with large shards of glass.

The county recently moved the center from an eight-acre campus boasting 132 beds, a full cafeteria, ball field, art studios and computer lab to the downtown basement.

The county is now emphasizing the importance of families and small, home-like settings.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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