New agency to exclusively oversee child welfare in Arizona - Tucson News Now

New agency to exclusively oversee child welfare in Arizona

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Governor Brewer stated on Monday in Phoenix that she would be making changes to Arizona's Child Protective Services, effectively replacing the old agency with a new one.

She made the announcement during her State of the State address in the capitol on Monday, and she is expected to make the same announcement later today at a luncheon in Oro Valley.

The announcement of the new agency comes after the Office of Child Welfare Investigations discovered in November, thousands of child abuse reports that went uninvestigated. 

The governor recently signed an executive order that will create a new agency to replace CPS, as well as to oversee child welfare.  The new agency will be part of Child Safety and Family Services and the director of this new agency will report directly to Governor Brewer. 

"The time has come to statutorily establish a separate agency that focuses exclusively on the safety and well-being of children and helping families in distress without jeopardizing child safety," stated the governor in her speech on Monday.  "I call on the legislature to work with me on codifying a new permanent agency." 

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