Gov. Jan Brewer announced plans to abolish Child Protective Services and create a new agency to oversee child welfare.
In Brewer's State of the State address Monday, she said she signed an Executive Order to create the Division of Child Safety and Family Services that would report directly to her, officials said.
Brewer selected the lead of the CARE team, Charles Flanagan, to lead the agency.
In November, the Office of Child Welfare Investigations discovered that thousands of child abuse reports were uninvestigated.
Gov. Jan Brewer created the CARE Team to check on these cases while placing an administrative review on Child Protective Services.
The executive order directs the following provisions:
- The Division of Children, Youth and Families is abolished and the Division of Child Safety and Family Services is established. The Director of the new Division shall oversee and direct all administrative, programmatic, and management functions of the state child welfare program, including CPS, foster care, adoption, and the Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program. The Director will report directly to the governor.
- The OCWI shall also report to the Director of the Division of Child Safety and Family Services.
- The Director of the Division of Child Safety and Family Services shall consider the recommendations of the Independent CARE Team, as directed by the Governor, for the purpose of improving services, practices and outcomes for children, youth and families.
The Executive Order can be viewed in its entirety here: http://bit.ly/1djCGVg.
More information on Governor Brewer's 2014 CPS reform package can be found here: http://bit.ly/1djXU5l.
For a copy of Governor Brewer's State of the State address, click here: http://bit.ly/1eDP3vM.
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