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Biggs: ‘Deliberate miscommunication’ from CPS

Biggs vigorously defended the legislative committee that oversees CPS following an insinuation this week by DES Director Clarence Carter that the Legislature and the governor are somehow to be blamed for failing to spot the crisis at CPS, since his agency’s semi-annual reports noted that cases had been uninvestigated.

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CPS crisis can lead us to a stronger, safer Arizona

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. Today, we are failing. But we can do better.

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Child Protective Services chaos presents a great opportunity for Arizona

CPS in Arizona is in greater crisis and chaos than any time in memory. A perfect storm of recessionary budget cutbacks, historical neglect, increasing referrals, neglected cases and backlog, an out-of-control foster care caseload, and chaotic management have put thousands of children at risk, left families without support, and created an unprecedented crisis for Arizona’s vulnerable children without any clear vision or immediate resolution in sight.

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