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Tucson social-services firm exits Texas foster contract

Tucson social-services firm exits Texas foster contract

A Tucson-based company has ended its contract to manage a foster-care system in Texas.

August 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Rights groups: Probe "systemic abuse" of immigrant kids

PHOENIX — Claiming "systemic abuse" of children who arrive in this country alone, immigrant rights groups demand this morning the Department of Homeland Security conduct an immediate investigation.

June 11, 2014 8:56 amLoading…

Concern grows over abuse, living conditions of children bused to Arizona for deportation

PHOENIX — Saying immigrant children being bused to Arizona may be being placed in danger, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery warned federal officials Monday they may be violating state child-abuse laws.

June 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Maricopa county attorney: Feds dumping illegal minors is 'child abuse'

PHOENIX — Saying illegal immigrant children being bused to Arizona may be being placed in danger, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery warned federal officials today they may be violating state child abuse laws.

June 09, 2014 1:56 pmLoading…

Brewer signs bill creating new child-welfare agency

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer signed groundbreaking legislation Thursday to create and fund a new Department of Child Safety, at least in part to solve problems that she may have helped create.

May 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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.

May 29, 2014 10:09 amLoading…

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…

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.

May 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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…
Brewer rejects outside review of Ariz. child welfare office

Brewer rejects outside review of Ariz. child welfare office

PHOENIX — Calling the spending unnecessary, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a measure Wednesday to hire an outside expert to study the state's child welfare agency.

April 30, 2014 5:17 pmLoading…

Political stories from across the state (Thursday edition)

A collection of political news from across the state making headlines today:

April 10, 2014 9:00 amLoading…

Sarah Garrecht Gassen: Child welfare in Arizona needs more than intentions

‘Intent” is a grand word. It can convey a determination, or it can sound like something while being nothing.

April 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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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Replacing CPS is a good first step: New cabinet-level agency must be given resources to make improvements

Gov. Jan Brewer has dissolved Arizona’s long-troubled Child Protective Services agency and replaced it with the Cabinet-level Division of Child Safety and Family Services, which will report directly to her.

January 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

What's it worth to you to keep an Arizona child safe?

The Legislature will have a full slate when it begins its new session Jan. 13.

January 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Brewer: Probe will determine blame for unchecked CPS cases

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer is willing to give Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter the benefit of the doubt about his culpability in more than 6,500 complaints of child abuse going uninvestigated — at least for the time being.

December 17, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

Arizona has no choice but to overhaul CPS

Arizona’s child-protection and -welfare system does not work — and, as we have noted, it is not built to work. In fact, to state that the Child Protective Services system has been “built” suggests a process of intentional development that no one with common sense could find in its jumble of …

December 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Victoria Steele: CPS crisis cannot wait; Governor should call special session

Victoria Steele: CPS crisis cannot wait; Governor should call special session

Happy Thanksgiving! It is a common greeting this time of year, but it will be hard to enjoy the holiday knowing that it won’t be happy — not for the thousands of Arizona children living in fear of abuse or neglect.

November 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Updated: 6,000 Arizona child abuse complaints not investigated

PHOENIX — Close to one out of every 12 complaints of child abuse since January were not investigated because Child Protective Services workers deemed them not important enough to follow through, agency officials said Thursday.

November 21, 2013 11:11 amLoading…

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