Jan Brewer on Families & Children
Office of Child Welfare Investigations is first step
Our immediate challenge is to transform our child protection system to ensure the safety and well-being of Arizona's abused and neglected children. I know this: All of us care, and Arizona MUST do better. We created the Office of Child Welfare
Investigations as an instrumental first step. Thanks to OCWI, we discovered the horrifying truth that some at CPS failed to investigate, or even respond to, thousands of reports of child abuse. This is unconscionable!
I created the independent CARE
Team--to oversee the investigation of these cases and to identify areas of concern within CPS. I also ordered the Department of Public Safety to conduct an administrative review to determine why these cases were not investigated.
It is evident that our
child welfare system is broken--impeded by years of structural and operational failures. It breaks my heart and makes me angry! Enough with uninvestigated reports of abuse and neglect! Enough with the lack of transparency! And ENOUGH with the EXCUSES!
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Arizona legislature
, Jan 13, 2014
Arizona's abused and neglected children need help
On behalf of Arizona's abused and neglected children, in 2011, I convened a Child Safety Task Force. Now, we've improved operations at Child Protective Services...
Despite these efforts, there can be no doubt our system
of child safety is under pressure. Arizona's abused and neglected children need help. The Executive budget will add 150 CPS caseworkers and boost foster care, adoption services and emergency placement of children needing rescue. Let's come together for
the safety of our children. We cannot strike evil from the hearts of those who would harm an innocent child. But these common sense steps will help at-risk children get the assistance they need before it's too late.
Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Arizona Legislature
, Jan 14, 2013
- by overhauling the hotline system so the most urgent calls are directed for faster
- by streamlining the hiring process to ensure every available caseworker position is filled
- and by cutting paperwork burdens so caseworkers spend more time checking up on children.
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