Tag: CPS

Bryan Samuels presents to the CPS Oversight Committee

| March 8, 2014
Bryan Samuels presents to the CPS Oversight Committee

Join Bryan Samuels on Friday, March 14th at the House Hearing Room 1, as he presents his vision of Child Safety and Wellbeing to the CPS Oversight Committee. He has spent his career building the capacity of child welfare systems to produce positive outcomes for children, integrating empirical evidence into public policy and service delivery, and streamlining management and operations in government agencies. House Hearing Room 1 is a small hearing room. Plan to be there early if you intend to attend.

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Governor Brewer’s Executive Order on CPS

| January 27, 2014
Governor Brewer’s Executive Order on CPS

On January 13, Governor Jan Brewer recognized that Arizona needs to do better to protect children from abuse and neglect. She made a dramatic announcement about signing an Executive Order making Child Protective Services an independent agency reporting directly to her.

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Lawmaker Targets Early Childhood Education Money to Fund CPS

| January 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lawmaker Targets Early Childhood Education Money to Fund CPS

A senior Republican legislator wants to use tobacco-tax dollars to help fund the embattled Child Protective Services, which was recently rocked by revelations that it ignored more than 6,000 cases of abuse and neglect over several years. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, is wading into a big fight. He is not proposing a new revenue source, but is instead targeting the funds of the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board, also known as First Things First.

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CPS Needs Fixing: Here are Five Key Actions To Take

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments
CPS Needs Fixing: Here are Five Key Actions To Take

When children are at risk, we all have two basic responsibilities: We’ve got to strengthen families, so we can prevent abuse or neglect whenever possible. And, when abuse or neglect happens, we must take swift but thoughtful actions that give kids the best possible chance to grow up in a safe and loving permanent family.

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Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) Shares CPS Forum Transcript and Recommendations

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) Shares CPS Forum Transcript and Recommendations

Many thanks to all of you who have offered thoughtful comments and suggestions to improve protection of Arizona’s children from abuse and neglect. Policymakers are listening! On Monday, CAA  shared with Governor Brewer and members of the CPS Legislative Oversight Committee all of the input we received at the CPS Community Forum on December 3 […]

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Daily Sun Reports NAU Tapped To Help CPS

| December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
Daily Sun Reports NAU Tapped To Help CPS

NAU is receiving a $5 million state grant to funnel up to 100 social work students into Child Protective Services as caseworkers upon graduation.The five-year deal will provide 20 junior and senior bachelor’s of social work students a year with a full ride to NAU. Each student will be able to attend school tuition-free for up to two years under the deal. In exchange, the students will have to sign contracts promising to work for DES in Child Protective Services for one to two years after they graduate.

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Thousands of Ignored Child Abuse Allegations Plague Arizona Welfare Agency

| December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
Thousands of Ignored Child Abuse Allegations Plague Arizona Welfare Agency

Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and chief executive of the Children’s Action Alliance, said the challenges facing the agency were made worse by budget cuts during the recent recession, which ended many preventive services intended to help families before children are removed from their homes.

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Five CPS Supervisors Are Put on Leave

| December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
Five CPS Supervisors Are Put on Leave

Five higher-level staffers at the state’s child-welfare agency were put on administrative leave Monday, hours after Gov. Jan Brewer named an independent team to oversee an investigation into why thousands of cases of child abuse and neglect were shelved without checking on the children’s welfare.

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