Thursday, November 21, 2013

Campbell and McCune Davis on the failure of CPS to investigate 6,000 child abuse reports

Campbell and McCune Davis on the failure of CPS to investigate 6,000 child abuse reports


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), and Child Protective Services Oversight Committee member Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 30), released the following statements regarding the failure of CPS to investigate 6,000 child abuse allegations.

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell:

“The magnitude of the failure of CPS, under Director Carter’s leadership, is shocking and inexcusable. It is time for him to resign. Reports that about 6,000 complaints of child abuse have not been investigated since 2009 indicate a pattern of negligence that is unacceptable. This needs to be corrected immediately. The Legislature should go into special session now so we can ensure that there is accountability built into CPS processes and that the agency gets the leadership and resources needed to protect Arizona children.”

Rep. Debbie McCune Davis:
“The CPS system is broken and it is failing children. Perhaps as many as 6,000 cases fell through the cracks because the agency has a policy that allows for some cases to go uninvestigated. Director Carter’s assertion that he is managing an agency with limited resources fails to address the fact that CPS has a statutory obligation to investigate all reports of child abuse. Ultimately, he is responsible for the agency’s failure, and he should be honest about the fact that a strategy was employed to reduce the number of cases referred to investigators.

“The bottom line is he should have asked the governor for the resources he needed to do the work of protecting Arizona’s children. He did not do that, and now he lacks the credibility to lead this agency. Going forward, the governor should appoint a multidisciplinary team led by the Department of Public Safety to investigate this problem. There must be accountability.”

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