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Bethany entered Autumn House a frightened single mother of three young children after suffering a brutal attack by a family member. During her stay at Autumn House, she was able to keep her children in the same schools, which helped them maintain some stability in their lives. Amber, Grace and Jason were able to attend groups facilitated by the Autumn House children’s specialist. For Jason, the oldest, this meant helping him begin to cope with the violent images he had witnessed of his mother’s abuse.
Saying Child Protective Services has been “hiding or not disclosing” information, Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday a special panel of current and former legislators and outsiders to take a closer look at the agency.
Gov. Jan Brewer answers questions on exactly how a new team will oversee the operations of Child Protective Services and how that dovetails in with the work already being done to figure out how more than 6,500 reports of child abuse went uninvestigated [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
The president of the state Senate is blasting a request for lots more money for Child Protective Services, saying the agency may have wasted the funds restored to it in the last two years.
I can’t imagine being a Child Protective Services caseworker. But I can imagine why most of those men and women went into those jobs: an idealistic view that their work could make a difference in children’s lives, maybe save some kids from horrible fates, maybe find ways to change a dysfunctional family into a loving one.
Does anyone even care that 6,000 cases of reported neglect and abuse went un-investigated by Child Protective Services Special Welfare Assessment Team at the Arizona Department of Economic Security?
PHOENIX — Saying legislation is better than a voter initiative, the No. 2 Democrat in the state House wants colleagues to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
PHOENIX — A plan by the Department of Economic Security to deal with a backlog of 6,000 uninvestigated child abuse complaints is getting panned by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.
PHOENIX – The state's top police agency is ready to investigate how 6,000 reports of child abuse over four years fell through the cracks.
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday rejected calls by some Democrats for a special legislative session to give more cash to the beleaguered Child Protective Services.
PHOENIX — Close to one out of every 12 complaints of child abuse since January were not investigated because Child Protective Services workers simply decided, based on the information from a phone call, that they were not important enough to follow through.
Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter responds Thursday to a series of questions from members of a special legislative panel about complaints of child abuse to his agency that were not investigated. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
PHOENIX – Saying it's a matter of the state's rights, Attorney General Tom Horne wants the U.S. Supreme Court to let Arizona cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood simply because that organization also provides abortions with private dollars.
PHOENIX — A federal agency is threatening to revoke the certification of the Arizona State Hospital, saying it found violations of regulations dealing with patient rights and nursing services.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Maybe ten times a week, someone calls Steve Lazicki looking to get rid of a parrot.
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A former assistant Tempe High School band instructor accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student has pleaded guilty.
A snap decision outside of some Mesa convenience stores resulted in tough lessons for 10 shoppers during a recent police operation.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — David Hall was afraid of his own son. They were getting into violent, physical fights requiring police intervention. Fearing the teen would end up in juvenile detention, Hall had his son hauled away in handcuffs and shackles to a southern New Mexico ranch for troubled youths.
WASHINGTON — More young people are reaching out to family members after being harassed or taunted online, and it's helping. At least a little.
NEW YORK — Was a losing team bullied? Is your angry spouse a bully? How about that co-worker who's always criticizing you? Or the politicians who forced a government shutdown?
This Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 photo shows a sign and mailbox at the Tierra Blanca Ranch, a facility for troubled youths near Hilsboro, N.M. There are few options for parents with troubled youths, and in that vacuum, a relatively unregulated, off-the-grid industry of reform youth camps has flourished, despite a decade of high-profile cases alleging beatings and other abuse at some camps. Tierra Blanca was raided on Oct. 11 amid allegations of abuse. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)
In this Oct. 10, 2013 photo, Scott Chandler, owner of the Tierra Blanca Ranch High Country Youth Project, displays students' ACT scores during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. There are few options for parents with troubled youths, and in that vacuum, a relatively unregulated, off-the-grid industry of reform youth camps has flourished, despite a decade of high-profile cases alleging beatings and other abuse at some camps. Tierra Blanca was raided on Oct. 11 amid allegations of abuse. (AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Dean Hanson) THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN OUT
Education of students, adults equally important in fight to curb underage drinking, Mesa alliance says