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Gov. Jan Brewer inked her approval Thursday to give an additional nearly $6.9 million immediately to the state's child welfare agency.
Orphans portrayed as heroic figures are not new to literature. We have sympathized with many through the years.
A special team named to find out what led to 6,554 cases of child abuse going uninvestigated concluded Friday there was a “systemic failure, a lack of accountability and transparency and bad decision making,” requiring a total revamp of how Arizona handles child welfare.
State lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to additional funds for the state's new child welfare agency, but not before Democrats took shots at Gov. Jan Brewer for focusing more on treating the symptoms rather than the problem.
A Senate panel voted Tuesday for an immediate cash infusion for the state's troubled child welfare agency.
Let’s hope Charles Flanagan, the new director of Arizona’s Division of Child Safety and Family, fixes the former Child Protective Services (CPS) agency once and for all. It’s been broken for a multitude of reasons and for as long as I can remember. It’s hard to imagine the fix will come with the wave of a magic wand in the hand of the latest new director.
Saying it's the best that can be done, Gov. Jan Brewer proposed a nearly $9.4 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, right, waves after finishing her State of the State address, as Speaker of The House, Andy Tobin, R-Dewey, applauds in the background in the Arizona House of Representatives at the Arizona Capitol Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Phoenix. The Republican governor used her annual State of the State address to focus on overhauling a troubled child welfare agency, boosting the economy and changing the way schools are funded. [AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin]
Saying she's had enough excuses, Gov. Jan Brewer moved Monday to strip the trouble-plagued Child Protective Services away from the Department of Economic Security.
Gov. Jan Brewer said today she wants Child Protective Services made into its own separate agency, headed by someone who reports directly to her.
Arizonans looking for ways to divert some of what they owe the state to other causes have a new option this year: foster care.
When children are at risk, we all have two basic responsibilities. We’ve got to strengthen families, so we can prevent abuse or neglect whenever possible. And, when abuse or neglect happens, we must take swift but thoughtful actions that give kids the best possible chance to grow up in a safe and loving permanent family. Today, we are failing. But we can do better.
The embattled director of the Department of Economic Security said Tuesday that his agency has been telling the governor, lawmakers and everyone else for years that some complaints of child abuse were not being investigated.
Mike McClellan asks why we are so shocked that 6,500 reports of child abuse were not investigated (“Why won’t our government think of the children?” AFN, Dec. 6). I am not surprised. I came to Arizona over 20 years ago as a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker. I had been a part of a unit in California in which all of the workers had master’s degrees in social work or family therapy. Most of our cases were families who had come to the attention of the agency but were not severe enough to involve the Juvenile Court. Families voluntarily accepted prevention services. Not surprisingly, we had the lowest per capita foster care placement in the country. Even when our cases were in court, the system — from the judge to the attorneys representing the parents — held as a central principle the best interests of the children.
I can’t imagine being a Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworker. But I can imagine why most of those men and women went into those jobs: an idealistic view that their work could make a difference in children’s lives, maybe save some kids from horrible fates, maybe find ways to change a dysfunctional family into a loving one.
Hundreds of parents, foster parents, current and former Child Protective Services (CPS) employees and child advocates showed up Tuesday night when the public had a chance to offer constructive ideas to five members of the CPS Oversight Committee.
My wife and I have lived in the Lakewood community in Ahwatukee for 18 1/2 years. When we moved here in 1995 we still had an 8-year-old daughter living with us. She entered third grade at Kyrene de los Lagos, completing fourth and fifth grades there. She went through sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Akimel and graduated from Desert Vista in 2004.
If you’re interested in learning how to perform a health check on a ferret or how to diagnose a guinea pig by looking at x-rays, Arizona Animal Welfare League is offering a look inside the life of a veterinarian.
Not waiting for formal gubernatorial approval, foes of her Medicaid expansion already are moving to undo at the ballot box and in court what they could not block at the Legislature.
The 2013 legislative session began with a unanimous vote in the House and the Senate to appropriate emergency funding for additional Child Protective Services staff. With that vote, lawmakers affirmed child safety as a top priority.
Last week was National Poison Prevention Week and the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) is reminding pet owners to keep their pets out of harm’s way. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), its Animal Poison Control Center answers more than 200,000 calls for help annually.
Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed into law the first bill of the 2013 legislative session — an emergency appropriation measure that will allow the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) to immediately hire 50 new full-time employees within Child Protective Services (CPS).
February is the month we glorify “love” and “The Fault In Our Stars,” by John Green, is a glorious love story. A love story not just between a boy and a girl, but with life itself. You’ll find this book in the Young Adult section, but don’t let that keep you from reading it; its message is universal to all ages because it is about living each day to the fullest, as if your days were limited.
In the wake of all of the tragedies in the news recently, there’s a groundswell of support for tighter gun restrictions in order to protect our children.