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African-American children are over four times more likely than Caucasian children to be placed in out-of-home care.

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Arizona CPS News Archive

Arizona News Coverage

by Jim Nintzel

Child Protective Services faced some damning headlines in 2007. Following the deaths of several abused kids in Tucson, lawmakers aim to reform Child Protective Services.

The spate of incidents caught the attention of state Rep. Jonathan Paton, who has teamed up with Rep. Kirk Adams of Mesa to sponsor a half-dozen bills the lawmakers say will improve CPS by opening up more files to the public and forcing the agency to work more closely with police and prosecutors.

Tucson Weekly

March 22, 2008

by Dianna M. Nanez

The mold at Corona del Sol High was scattered around campus. In the school gym. In a campus preschool restroom. Near drinking fountains.

Corona parents question why district officials did not formally notify families of the 2,884 students attending Corona much sooner about the presence of mold. A September 2006 report documented the mold. The district says it told the state of the results immediately and sent the state a formal letter in January 2007. Parents were notified about the mold in December.

The Arizona Republic

March 22, 2008

by Ryn Gargulinski

More light has been shed on the suspected child abuse death of 5-month-old Jayher Holguin, including Child Protective Services' several attempts to visit the boy's family before his death, according to a CPS report released Friday.

Jayher was found dead in his mother's South Side home Jan. 19 after he was left in the care of her boyfriend while she was at work, a Tucson police spokesman said. The mother's boyfriend, Alejandro A. Alvarez, 21, was subsequently arrested and booked into Pima County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse.

Tucson Citizen (AZ)

February 16, 2008

by John Huppenthal

The article, "Study: Kids do better with families vs. in foster care," ought to be read by every policymaker in Arizona (Republic, Thursday).

We have had an explosion in the number of children removed from homes in the belief that doing so would make children safer. This explosion in removals has resulted in a large number of children in congregate care in Arizona, the absolute worst outcome for children.

The Arizona Republic

July 7, 2007

by Sheryl Kornman

The father of a 5-year-old autistic boy who died March 22 of a drug overdose that police suspect was administered by his mother wants a judge to order the release of his son's child welfare records.

Melvin Williams, 41, has asked a Pima County Superior Court judge to order the Arizona Department of Economic Security to release to him "all Child Protective Services information regarding his deceased" son, Brandon Williams. Williams said in his May 9 filing that he plans to sue the state for wrongful death.

Tucson Citizen (AZ)

May 22, 2007

by Herstory

In the early morning hours of Thursday, March 21st, 2007, a mother dialed 911. An ambulance rushed her little boy to a Tucson, Arizona hospital.

Brandon had been an autistic child in the special needs program at Keeling Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona's Amphitheater School District. However, autism had nothing to do with Brandon's emergency.

Associated Content (AZ)

April 14, 2007

by David Bisconbing

PHOENIX - A bill aimed at helping women leave polygamist husbands apparently will go no further this legislative session.

HB 2325 would have denied husbands child custody if a court found "sufficient evidence" that they engaged in polygamy or child bigamy, an offense that includes married adults taking a child spouse and adults forcing children to enter plural marriages.

Mohave Valley News (AZ)

March 26, 2007

by Sarah Fenske

Robin Scoins is the perfect face for the argument against Arizona Child Protective Services. And she believes that's exactly why she's drawn the ire of state representative Pete Hershberger.

Three years ago, Scoins lost her newborn son to CPS custody. The agency claimed, falsely, that she'd tested positive for crystal meth; it took nine months to sort out what proved to be a sloppy mistake and get her little boy out of foster care.

Phoenix New Times (AZ)

March 22, 2007

by Terry Tang

The Phoenix airport on Friday became the first in the United States to test new X-ray technology that can see through people's clothes and show the body's contours with blush-inducing clarity.

Critics have said the high-resolution images created by the "backscatter" technology are too invasive. But the Transportation Security Administration adjusted the equipment so the pictures can be blurred in certain areas while still detecting concealed weapons.

The World Link (AZ)

February 24, 2007

by Erin Zlomek

A Maricopa mother lost custody of her 6-year old daughter, who was recovering from a sexual assault Saturday, while officials investigate the mother's relationship to the man suspected of abducting and sexually abusing the child.

Authorities arrested George Richard Horner, 26, a registered sex offender in Louisiana, at 10:30 Saturday morning and charged him with kidnapping, failure to register as a sexual offender in Arizona and sexual misconduct with a minor.

The Arizona Republic

January 28, 2007

by Roma

False allegations of Child Abuse, Using my Disability as Excuse, Not making reasonable efforts to return my son, abused him Tucson Arizona.

I have not received a fair trial, attorneys did not enter evidence in my favor, GAL did nothing to protect my son, CPS caseworkers committed perjury on the stand, Reasonable efforts were not made, my Constitutional Rights as a parent are being violated. No plan to return the child to his home.

Rip Off Report

January 12, 2007

by Sukhjit Purewal

The Herald secured Hulsey's adoption files from Monterey County courts after filing a Freedom of Information Act petition. A Superior Court judge allowed The Herald to view copies.

The files showed that social workers in Monterey County were aware of Hulsey's bipolar disorder and her past struggles with addiction before granting the adoption. In reports included in the record, Hulsey freely disclosed those struggles.

Monterey County Herald

October 15, 2006

Division of Children, Youth and Families-Child Protective Services

Child Protective Services (CPS) is a program mandated under ARS Section 8-802 for the protection of children alleged to be abused and neglected. Learn more about how they operate and how they think.

de.state.az.us

September 9, 2006

Through Death There is Life!

Established in Feb. 2006 to commemorate the life of a passionate little girl who died at the tender age of four, a death that could have been prevented if authorities had acted more responsibly. Unfortunately, Haley's story is not unique.

azcpsabuse.com

September 9, 2006

by Mary K. Reinhart

Lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation to hire 50 new Child Protective Services workers with a $4.4 million appropriation that could be on Gov. Jan Brewer's desk early next week.

The governor requested the emergency funding in her budget proposal, and legislative leaders said Tuesday they expect it to sail easily through both chambers. "It will go expeditiously," said House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills. "The safety of children is paramount and they clearly need the additional money." The funding will allow the Department of Economic Security to hire an additional 50 employees, including 31 CPS caseworkers. CPS currently is authorized for 970 caseworkers.

azcentral.com

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