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    AZ - 6,000 child abuse reports not investigated

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read...rts_not_inv-ap

    PHOENIX (AP) — Thousands of cases of suspected child abuse that were reported to a statewide hotline have gone uninvestigated over the past four years, putting children across Arizona at risk, state officials disclosed Thursday.

    The cases were misclassified as not requiring investigations starting in 2009. The number rapidly escalated in the past 20 months as caseloads increased and changes were made to the hotline team, said Clarence Carter, head of the state's child welfare system.

    Five thousand of the 6,000 cases that were not investigated happened in that time, and all will be reviewed, Carter said. At least 125 cases already have been identified where children subsequently became the subject of another child abuse investigation.

    "The idea that there are 6,000 cases where we don't know whether or not children are safe, that's cause for grave alarm," Carter said.

    More in 3p. article....


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

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    That is terrifying

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    Arizona debacle spotlights child-welfare agencies

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read...otched_prob-ap

    PHOENIX (AP) — A scandal in which 6,000 child-abuse complaints in Arizona were filed away and never investigated illustrated what advocates say is a tragically common problem across the U.S.: Many child-protection agencies have crushing workloads and inadequate oversight.

    In some cases, those flaws have led to deaths and criminal charges against social workers.

    "This is a system that years ago was dubbed a poor system for poor people, and very often the resources are not there to do this very difficult and very important work," said Dr. Howard Dubowitz, a pediatrician who studies child protection policies at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

    "The notion that this is a system that is nicely equipped to fulfill its mandate is often a dream that some of us are hanging onto."..........

    More in 3p. article....


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    AZ official promises plan to probe abuse cases

    http://www.kpho.com/story/24064201/a...be-abuse-cases
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikkismom View Post
    AZ official promises plan to probe abuse cases

    http://www.kpho.com/story/24064201/a...be-abuse-cases
    Thanks for the link! There are more links to the left including the 'plan':

    http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/kpho/...-CPS-Cases.pdf
    3p.

    I notice they have cut the # of cases down to 2919, with 1797 needing field investigations. Due date is 1/31/14.

    At least this time some action is being taken.


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    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    The first thought that came to mind when I read this story the other day was "how many little ones are in the landfill as their final resting place all because CPS could not be bothered to checking out or investigating reports of abuse perpetrated upon them? How many little Jhessye Shockleys might there be out there thanks to this lack of investigation?"
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    Arizona gov in spotlight over child abuse failures

    http://centurylink.net/news/read/cat...ld_abuse_fa-ap

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer could be politically damaged by revelations that her administration ignored thousands of child abuse and neglect reports that prompted calls for her to replace her hand-picked leader of the state's social services agency.

    While Brewer has made reforming Child Protective Services one of her top priorities in the past several years, critics of the Republican governor say the failures show her administration continues to shortchange kids......

    Last January, Brewer personally took credit in her State of the State address for "overhauling" the hotline system so urgent calls received priority. But that overhaul apparently included simply closing thousands of abuse reports.

    Now, criticism is coming from both Democrats and members of Brewer's own party, who appeared blindsided by the news......more in 3p. article......


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    Gov. Brewer creates team to oversee CPS investigations

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    The CARE Team is chaired by Charles Flanagan, Director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. Other team members include Arizona State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor; Arizona State Representative Kate Brophy McGee; Robert Bell, Children's Justice Coordinator at the Childhelp Children's Center of Arizona; Cindi Nannetti, a veteran prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office; Deb Gullett, child advocate and former legislator; Greg McKay, Chief of the Office of Child Welfare Investigations (OCWI); Jan Strauss, a former Mesa Police Chief; and a CPS representative (TBA).

    The Team will oversee CPS staff investigating cases designated "NI" and report directly to Governor Brewer.

    more at link

    http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/2...medium=twitter

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    there is a public forum on this mess tomorrow at 5:30 - I am going to try to go and will report back. I don't have a lot of hope for the meeting being productive - I expect it will just serve to further infuriate many many folks. I don't have children, but I think that, as a human being living in this repressive state, and more importanly, in this country, that I have a responsibility to all children, who will inherit this place after I am gone. MOO.
    "A word after a word after a word is power."
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    New investigative panel for CPS

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced the creation of an investigative panel to ensure mishandled cases are properly investigated.

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    http://www.azcentral.com/video/#top

    smh

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzPistonsGirl View Post
    there is a public forum on this mess tomorrow at 5:30 - I am going to try to go and will report back. I don't have a lot of hope for the meeting being productive - I expect it will just serve to further infuriate many many folks. I don't have children, but I think that, as a human being living in this repressive state, and more importanly, in this country, that I have a responsibility to all children, who will inherit this place after I am gone. MOO.

    ~bbm

    What does this mean, exactly, and what does it have to do with this CPS issue?
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    CPS: A system still in crisis

    Pictures


    http://www.azcentral.com/photo/News/Other/24331

    Not sure if this will work but here goes. (nah, you have to go to the link to read each title below)

    Arizona CPS still struggles despite scrutiny
    CPS oversight committee talks effects of sequester
    Arizona CPS reform moves forward
    Arizona CPS given funding to hire 50 new workers
    Arizona vaccination-waiver bill advances
    Arizona lawmakers fast-track new CPS hires
    Arizona grandparents raising grandkids may get help
    Brewer's budget plan features boost to CPS
    Arizona foster-care vaccination rule clarified

    http://www.azcentral.com/news/child-abuse/

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    Strapped Arizona CPS poised to cut key services


    http://www.azcentral.com/news/articl...-services.html

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    Arizona finds problems in more CPS cases

    http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/24...more-cps-cases
    No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

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