Dec 6, 2013

Quality assurance staff reportedly prevented CPS cases from being investigated

Some Child Protective Services workers believed to have been involved in preventing thousands of abuse reports from being investigated also took part in a new quality assurance review of the cases in recent weeks.

Dec 6, 2013

CPS forum – Messages offer a ray of hope that could lead to reforms

Speakers at a Dec. 3 CPS Community Forum stepped to the microphone three minutes at a time for two hours to deliver old news: Foster parents get no respect, caseworkers are overworked and underpaid, and the Legislature is tight-fisted.

Dec 6, 2013

Proposals for fixing CPS emerge

Authorities search for new ideas in the face of an ongoing crisis

Some lawmakers say Child Protective Services needs more money. Others say it should become its own agency, separate from the Department of Economic Security. Another cautions against “reactionary legislation” that won’t really solve anything.

Dec 6, 2013

History repeats itself with caseload woes at CPS

Ten years ago this week, Arizona lawmakers were on the verge of approving a law to strengthen Child Protective Services and ensure the agency investigates all cases of neglect and abuse.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Dec 2, 2013

Governor gives vote of confidence to DES director

Gov. Jan Brewer voiced her confidence in DES Director Clarence Carter today as she announced a special team to oversee the investigation of thousands of child abuse cases CPS disregarded under his watch.

Nov 26, 2013

Arizona abuse cases to be reviewed by next week

An Arizona government official says his department will review more than 6,000 unexamined reports of child abuse and neglect by Dec. 2.

Nov 25, 2013

‘Heartbreaking, unconscionable’

CPS workers close out thousands of cases before they are investigated

Oct 4, 2013

Order of monitor for sheriff’s department draws criticism

After a federal judge ordered that a monitor guard against racial profiling by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Denise Velez showed up with a handful of demonstrators Thursday to fill out a tongue-in-cheek application to “babysit” Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Aug 9, 2013

Strains continue for Arizona child-welfare agency

Arizona's child-welfare system continues to be strained by increases in reports of abuse and neglect and in placements of children in foster care even as the state makes progress in areas such as reuniting children with families.

May 23, 2011

Officials criticize $99M repayment plan for Arpaio

County officials leveled tough criticism Monday at a proposal specifying how Maricopa County would pay back $99 million that budget analysts say was inappropriately spent by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

May 23, 2011

Proposal on paying back jail funds to be unveiled

Officials plan to unveil a proposal Monday on how Maricopa County will pay back $99 million that budget analysts say was inappropriately spent by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

May 11, 2011

Arpaio’s critics call for resignation, indictment; Arpaio scoffs

Critics of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff on Wednesday called for his resignation and for the federal government to indict him and take control of his office amid allegations of corruption, racial profiling, and misspending.