Ignored CPS Cases: Nearly 400 Kids Have Been Removed From Their Homes

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The team tasked with reviewing the 6,500-plus "not investigated" cases at Child Protective Services says nearly 400 children involved in those cases have been removed from their homes.

Although these children would have been removed from their homes sooner had these cases not been shelved at CPS, those kids would likely still be there today were it not for the recently created Office of Child Welfare Investigations discovering the ignored cases.

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There's still no answer why CPS workers were even allowed to tag the cases with a "not investigated" label, which actually meant that they didn't plan on investigating them. The Arizona Department of Public Safety is conducting an "administrative review" to find out what happened.

After these cases were uncovered by OCWI, Governor Jan Brewer set up a Child Advocate Response Examination (CARE) Team to immediately deal with the ignored cases. The team is led by Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections director Charles Flanagan, who's been named as new director of the Division of Child Safety and Family Services, the new CPS parent agency created by the governor.

The CARE Team has been providing updates almost every day on its website, and the most recent update explains how many children were actually removed from their homes that were part of the "not investigated" reports.

The CARE Team found that "at least" 316 kids were removed due to subsequent reports, after their initial report had been tagged "not investigated." That's certainly an indication that those "not investigated" reports really should have been investigated.

Plus, since this CARE Team has taken over the review, an additional 60 children have been removed from their homes.

A lot of these reports involved multiple children, so 249 of the 6,500-plus "not investigated" cases have resulted in children being removed.

The team's not done processing the cases, either. The team has assigned more than 5,900 of those cases, and more than 3,600 of the kids in these reports have actually been seen by police or CPS investigators.

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shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Now that the spotlight has been focused on the abuse of Arizona's children, both by the individual perpetrators, and the state, will our ethically challenged Atty Gen. find the courage to stop the continuing sexual abuse of teenage girls by the FLDS in Arizona?

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

This story is sad, seems the legislators who think creating a animal abuse registry might direct their energies here instead of creating new laws to protect animals which we have plenty of animal cruelty laws already on the books, we might start taking care of these kids, working to get them back to their families, getting the families issues fixed and if not possible finding a suitable home for them till that can happen, and one might start by "culling the folks from foster care who habitually use the system as a extra income and have no care for the kids as nothing but a check to ad to their house hold income!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@shadeaux14 Yes. That's a lot of kids. Are they now in foster care? The way things are going, it's definitely a growth industry in AZ. That said, I give Gin Jan high marks for making these changes. The only question is whether the new agency will be adequately funded. A big part of why CPS failed to do its job is understaffing and underfunding.

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