A new report shows Arizona’s Child Protective Services is struggling to keep up with a number of cases involving a dramatic rise in abuse and neglect along with an unprecedented number of children in foster care.
The report covering a six-month period ending Sept, 30 also shows the agency has been unable to respond to investigations within the time frames required by state policy.
The Arizona Republic reports CPS workers told investigators that some cases dating back to last summer still haven’t been investigated.
State Department of Economic Security officials, who oversee CPS, say they hope investigative efforts will improve because of new procedural improvements under review at several CPS offices.
The changes include a new investigative unit and a team of top administrators working to clear up a backlog of about 8,400 cases.