Arizona

Dec 2, 2013 2:32 PM by Brian White

Gov. Brewer creates task force to review unchecked abuse reports

PHOENIX - Gov. Brewer just she's create an independent team to oversee the inquiry into the 6,000 child abuse reports that went uninvestigated.

The team will examine the CPS system to identify areas of concern. The review will include consideration of personnel, operations, processes, and policies. Once areas of improvement are identified, the team will submit a summary of its finding to Governor Brewer.

"Failure to investigate even one, let alone thousands of cases of potential child abuse is absolutely inexcusable and undermines people's confidence in the system that is charged with protecting the welfare of Arizona's children," said Governor Brewer. "Every case must be investigated, period.

"In creating the independent ‘CARE Team,' I seek to ensure that there is thorough, transparent and independent oversight of the investigation into each of these neglected cases. Moreover, it must help serve to restore public trust in a child welfare system that was further undermined by this unconscionable practice."

The CARE Team is chaired by Charles Flanagan, Director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. Other team members include Arizona State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor; Arizona State Representative Kate Brophy McGee; Robert Bell, Children's Justice Coordinator at the Childhelp Children's Center of Arizona; Cindi Nannetti, a veteran prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office; Deb Gullett, child advocate and former legislator; Greg McKay, Chief of the Office of Child Welfare Investigations (OCWI); Jan Strauss, a former Mesa Police Chief; and a CPS representative (TBA).

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