Official: Child protection focus strains county

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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 3:00 PM

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A Mohave County official says Arizona's focus on child abuse and neglect cases is straining the county's ability to provide lawyers for people who can't afford to hire their own.

Indigent Defense Adminstrator Blake Schritter says an increase in proceedings to determine whether parents should lose custody of children results from changes made by the state and more resources provided for investigations.

Today's News-Herald (http://bit.ly/1ptyMON ) reports that Schritter says the increase in dependency cases is a good thing but that it's having a financial impact on counties

Schritter wants the county to urge the County Supervisors Association of Arizona to ask the Legislature for more funding for attorneys in dependency cases.

Mohave County had 124 dependency filings in 2012 and 176 in 2013. It's expected to have 260 in 2014.

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