Can County Attorney Bill Montgomery's Plan Fix the Mess at CPS?

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County Attorney Bill Montgomery has been pegged with the task of fixing the mess at CPS.
It was announced yesterday that Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery will head a task force set up by Governor Jan Brewer to fix the current mess at state Child Protective Services, despite controversial comments he made last month about creating an investigative unit separate from CPS that would determine whether police or CPS case workers handle certain child-abuse cases.

The task force was created in response to the deaths of 10-year-old Ame Deal and 6-year-old Jacob Gibson, who were each allegedly murdered by members of their own families, despite each being on CPS' radar for years.

More on Deal and Gibson here and here.

Under Montgomery's plan, "if investigators deem a child a potential victim of serious abuse, authorities would segregate the child from other family members, including siblings, and place the child with a specially trained foster family. CPS would have no further involvement."

According to the county attorney, CPS has proven itself to be incapable of handling the massive amount of cases it receives every year. Montgomery's plan would take some of the burden off of the agency.

Child welfare advocates aren't thrilled with Montgomery's plan and say it goes too far. They would rather see more money dumped into CPS and better training for child welfare employees.

We want to know what you think: can Montgomery's plan fix the mess at CPS?

Cast your vote below.




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Nteowl2
Nteowl2

The state stole my 3 grandsons with FALSE ALLEGATIONS, NO INVESTIGATION, because RHONDA CASH a CPS supervisor had a personal VENDETTA against me because and I quote "Your mother has pissed me off, we are taking your son." Then Rhonda Cash proceed to tell me "I will make sure that you NEVER SEE YOUR GRANDSON AGAIN." AZ CPS has Judges and the Courts in their pockets!!! OUR FAMILY NEEDS YOUR HELP: Case CV 12-224 PHXPlease call Magistrate Michelle H. Burns of the US District Court @ 602-322-7610. Ask her why she is violating her oath to the Constitution and her oath in office dismissing Our Meritorious Complaint and why she refused to report the Judicial Misconduct of the Judges in Superior Court and the Attorney General, Tom Horne for suppression of our exculpatory evidence and malicious prosecution for profit to take my grandsons. Please contact Chief Judge Alex Kozinski - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit @ 626-229-7150 and/or Cathy Catterson, Circuit and Court of Appeals Executive Office of the Circuit Executive @ 415-355-8000 to report Magistrate Michelle H. Burns violations.Magistrate Michelle H. Burns of the US District Court of the 9th Circuit unlawfully dismissed our 42 USC 1983 Complaint the VERY DAY after Judge Brian K. Ishikawa, Judge Peter Thompson, Presiding Judge Eddward Ballinger Jr. and the Arizona Attorney General, Tom Horne were served with our complaint and summons - ??IRONICALLY SUSPICIOUS?? - In Judge Burns' Order she states: "Have reviewed Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint, the Court finds that once again, Plaintiffs' Complaint fails to provide a 'short and plain statement' of any plausible claim for relief. Plaintiffs name over 90 Defendants in their 119-page pleading, which contains 429 pages of exhibits; the allegations contained therin are mostly unintelligible. Plaintiff's Amended Complaint will be dismissed. IT IS ORDERED dismissing the Amended Complaint and this case in its entirety.' And the 'Judgment in a Civil Case'order states: "IT IS ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that pursuant to the Cour's order filed April 19, 2012 judgment is entered in favor of defendants and against plaintiffs. Plaintiff to take nothing, and complaint and action are dismissed."I ask you is the following NOT a SHORT AND PLAIN STATEMENT??? which is in our Complaint: "Plaintiffs pray this Honorable Court provide injunctive and declaratory relief under 42 USC 1983 as Plaintiff Ybarra-Johnson was stripped of her sovereign right to parent her sons unmolested in her own home via CPS fraud and perjury, due process violations, malicious prosecution, suppression, tampering and destruction of exculpatory evidence, intimidation of witnesses and other crimes by Defendants in collusion with each other to unlawfully remove Plaintiff Ybarra-Johnson’s children under color of law. And, Plaintiffs Karla and Erica Johnson were unlawfully stripped of their ‘extended family rights’ by the use of false allegations and slander by CPS workers, physical assaults, intimidation, threats, ejection from courts and other violations detailed herein."

queen B in T
queen B in T

cps isn't really doing there job right there supose to protect the kids not abuse them when a kid  can be taken out of there home with no bruses a into cps hand and  than pop up with bruses thats a bad sign 

Anon
Anon

So much for officials in positions of "trust" sitting in judgement of families and children. The government should NOT be in control of families. This is an industry for $$'s, no doubt about it.

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Anon
Anon

So much for officials in positions of trust sitting in judgement of families and children.  This is an industry for $$'s, no doubt it.

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Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen/Taxpayer

What's MCAO Montgomery's professional experience in handling families and children? It's time to end the school-to-prison pipeline driving Arizona --  growing criminals for their private prisons and mass industrial prison complex.

Justdandy007
Justdandy007

You have not given enough details. The trouble with CPS is that it has proven itself TOTALLY incompetant time after time after time. The amount of children MURDERED in FOSTER care is a PRIME example of thier ability to assess situations.  Perhaps we only need to REMOVE FINANCIAL INCENTIVE for placing kids in foster care and hundreds of thousands of children can go home or go live with thier own loving relatives & not cost the tax payers a dime & the kids can go somewhere they are loved. I'm afraid a blanket INSTANT REMOVAL on POSSIBLE abuse would scare me. I have ALWAYS been in favor of letting the police investigate child abuse claims, there would probably be 90% kids would be safer from being yanked out of homes for financial incentive OR taken out of dangerous homes so as not to become front front page news to further the whinning for more money. Montgomery's plan could have some merit, but far too little has been explained. The one statement that is 100% accurate is that CPS is totally incompetant. FYI CPS refers to children as COMMODITIES in thier buget statement when they are explaining why they need more commodities to maintain thier budget the following year.

Anon
Anon

MCAO Bill Montgomery should focus on the major issue in Arizona -- restoring the integrity of his office and the justice system. He needs to focus on reformed outdated draconian laws that has "grown" the prison population with non-violent, first offenders. It's time to end the gravy train for lawyers and profiteers in the private prison industry controlled from the Governor's office.

seeking the truth
seeking the truth

Prosecutors and the government should not be involved in CPS cases. Since the Mondale Act where the government took control of the families, the nation's families and children have suffered. The MCAO has entrenched precedent for all kinds of wrongs they refuse to right. Why would we want this broken office to handle anything until they clean out their office of the damage that the Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander regime has done and what they inherited that they refused to correct -- also under Aubuchon, former charging prosecutor under then MCAO Romley and in charge of child support enforcement. Favor the husbands who have the money to pay for the political campaigns while the wives and mothers lose. Track record well known. The MCAO should NOT cannot fix CPS, only will be using it for the next political witch-hunt Maricopa County is known for.  Look at the campaign histories -- what were the issues in 2003/2004; 2005/2006/ 2007/2008/2009/2010 and there is a sickening pattern that has destroyed many innocent people, families and children. It's time to end absolute immunity for prosecutors. Until that is done prosecutors should have no part in the broken families that need genuine help from trained family care providers, not prosecution.

Frogonmytoe21
Frogonmytoe21

The problem with CPS is that the case managers are overworked and underpaid. Fix that if you want better results.

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