Latino Caucus briefed on CPS efforts
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Members of the Arizona Latino Caucus met Thursday with Charles Flanagan, head of the new Division of Child Safety and Family Services, for an update on efforts to reform the state’s troubled child protective services.
Senate Democratic Leader and Latino Caucus Chair Anna Tovar:
“Right now we are at a pivotal point in the process of reforming CPS where we can really make change if we all work together,” said Sen. Tovar.
“I am grateful that Mr. Flanagan took time to update our caucus on the efforts he and his CARE Team are taking to learn from the mistakes that have been made and find the right way to rebuild this critical safety net. We will continue working with his team, the governor’s office, fellow legislators and the community to ensure this new division is transparent, accountable and truly protects Arizona’s children.”
Representative Martin Quezada, Latino Caucus co-Chair:
“Ensuring that there is accountability and transparency built into the process as we reform CPS is crucial. I am encouraged by the frank discussion we had with Mr. Flanagan and I am hopeful that he will continue to work with us to develop the kinds of reforms necessary to keep our children safe,” said Rep. Quezada.
“CPS is in a crisis that was created by years of budget cuts to family support services. True reform will only happen if we are willing to work together to fund prevention programs that help struggling families.”