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Dec 4, 2012 6:05 PM by Ian Cross

Rise in child abuse cases putting a strain on court system

TUCSON - The Arizona child welfare system remains strained by an overwhelming surge of juvenile court cases.

There has been an unprecedented increase in child abuse and neglect cases this year: 50 percent more than last, according to a report from the Pima County Juvenile Court system.

This means each case is getting less time in court, and the attorneys are dealing with much bigger caseloads; similar to what we're seeing with the higher caseloads in Child Protective Services.

That has lead to a massive domino effect affecting other child welfare agencies statewide, officials state.

The governor's new child abuse and neglect initiative has helped raise public awareness, and more cases are being reported.

For more information, including how you can volunteer to help, visit the Court Appointed Special Advocates website at:

www.casaofarizona.org

or call the CPS hotline at: 1-888-SOS-CHILD

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