CARE Team releases report on uninvestigated CPS casesPosted: Updated:
An independent team named by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to review the state's child welfare agency has delivered its report to the governor.
The report released Friday identifies areas needing improvement and recommend actions to improve the agency. [Click here to read the full report (PDF)]
The so-called CARE team was created by Brewer in December after more than 6,500 abuse and neglect reports within the Child Protective Services had gone uninvestigated. Brewer pulled CPS from its parent agency earlier this month and named the CARE team's leader to run a new child welfare agency reporting directly to her.
The team, chaired by Child Safety and Family Service Director Charles Flanagan has been handling those cases and also doing a top-to-bottom review of the agency.
Andrew Wilder, a spokesman for the governor's office said Flanagan briefed the governor by phone Friday morning.
The report claims the reports went unattended to because of systemic failure, a lack of accountability, and transparency and bad decision making.
The CARE Team reported that law enforcement is an "underused" partner.
The report also stated, "Given the proper staffing levels, statutory and policy compliance and efficient systems, the Agency can accomplish its mission with quality."
"The CARE Team and its staff have worked deliberatively, diligently and transparently in short order to see that cases were assigned for investigation and that each child was safe," Brewer said. "I look forward to fully reviewing the Team's report and recommendations, which will be an important part of the conversation as we move forward in our mission to restore public trust in our child welfare system and create a new, standalone agency whose core focus is the safety and well being of Arizona's abused and neglected children. I extend my sincerest appreciation to all members and staff for their devoted service and commitment to this critical pursuit."
Brewer is in New Jersey for the Super Bowl. Next year's Super Bowl will be played in Glendale.
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