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Court limits DES powers in family reunifications

Court limits DES powers in family reunifications

Arizona Supreme Court says DES can't unilaterally return kids to abusive parents.

July 14, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Aviva building center for family visits

Aviva building center for family visits

Center officials said new area will help families work toward reunification.

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Arizona governor signs legislation creating new child welfare agency

PHOENIX — State lawmakers voted today to scrap what has been Child Protective Services and replace it with an entirely new state agency.

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Arizona senators tentatively OK $63 million to get Department of Child Safety started

PHOENIX — State senators gave preliminary approval Wednesday to creating a new Department of Child Safety and providing $63 million in new funding to get it started.

May 28, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…
Special session on child welfare likely to result in plan by Thursday

Special session on child welfare likely to result in plan by Thursday

PHOENIX — Supporters of doing more to prevent child abuse and neglect said Tuesday they are having to accept on faith that there will be more money for that — later.

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Good childcare is part of child safety

Arizona lawmakers will convene Tuesday afternoon for a special legislative session with the task of doing what the body has effectively failed to do: Protect and care for neglected and abused children.

May 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Clean slate on child welfare: Let's get it right

Arizona lawmakers will convene Tuesday afternoon for a special legislative session with the task of doing what the body has effectively failed to do: protect and care for neglected and abused children.

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Brewer asks legislators for $60M in funds for child welfare agency

Brewer asks legislators for $60M in funds for child welfare agency

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer asked lawmakers today to approve nearly $60 million in immediate new funds to create a new child welfare agency and revamp how Arizona handles abuse and neglect complaints.

May 22, 2014 12:48 pmLoading…
State fires six responsible for 6,600 ignored CPS cases

State fires six responsible for 6,600 ignored CPS cases

PHOENIX — Six state workers associated with having nearly 6,600 reports of child abuse ignored were fired Wednesday.

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6 workers fired in Arizona CPS dropped-cases probe

6 workers fired in Arizona CPS dropped-cases probe

PHOENIX — Six state workers associated with having nearly 6,600 reports of child abuse ignored were fired today.

April 23, 2014 12:39 pmLoading…
Child abuse prevention focus of Tucson event

Child abuse prevention focus of Tucson event

The 10th annual March for Children, which helps bring awareness to the issue of child abuse and highlights the local agencies and individuals that work to keep children safe, and the Casa de los Niños family fiesta drew about 2,000 people to Reid Park Sunday morning. 

April 13, 2014 5:26 pm Photos

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Tucson police: 2 women left child in car to shoplift at mall

Tucson police: 2 women left child in car to shoplift at mall

Two women were arrested Wednesday after police said they left a 3-month-old boy in a hot car at El Con Mall and went to shoplift items.

April 10, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Arizona mom facing abuse charges gaining support

Arizona mom facing abuse charges gaining support

PHOENIX — Like many busy mothers, Shanesha Taylor was trying to do it all.

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Phoenix couple accused of refusing to feed a baby

Phoenix couple accused of refusing to feed a baby

PHOENIX  — A Phoenix couple is accused of abuse for allegedly refusing to feed a baby for three weeks.

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Mom wasn't allowed to see Roman, child-welfare files show

Mom wasn't allowed to see Roman, child-welfare files show

The mother of a Tucson toddler whose skeletal remains were discovered Tuesday was not supposed to have contact with the child, state child-welfare records released Friday show.

March 08, 2014 12:05 am Photos

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Siblings tell Tucson police mother starved son, 3

Siblings tell Tucson police mother starved son, 3

Siblings of the 3-year-old boy whose skeletal remains were found Tuesday told investigators their mother starved their brother to death, court records reveal.

March 06, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Brewer signs off on added CPS fnding

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer inked her approval Thursday to immediately give nearly $6.9 million more to the state’s child-welfare agency.

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CPS problems resulted from a total system failure, report says

PHOENIX — A special team named to find out why 6,554 child-abuse cases went 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.

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Report: 'Systemic failure' by Arizona's CPS in uninvestigated abuse cases

PHOENIX —  A "systemic failure, a lack of accountability and transparency and bad decision making," are to blame for 6,500 cases of child abuse going uninvestigated, a special team reviewing the state CPS said in a report released today.

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Brewer moves to abolish CPS, create new cabinet-level agency

Brewer moves to abolish CPS, create new cabinet-level agency

Gov. Jan Brewer greets her audience from the Arizona Capitol podium, where she gave her State of the State address. She’s flanked by Senate President Andy Biggs, left, and Speaker of the House Andy Tobin. Her speech opened the legislative session.

January 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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