The Arizona Department of Child Safety is considering a change that would let investigators decide in a child abuse case on whether or not to see a child in person. The Department of Child Service would send someone to investigate immediately if a child was in eminent danger.
The result of the possible change is to help the agency be more effective in managing the 2,100 calls it receives on a monthly base.
The Arizona Department of Child Safety is considering changing a rule that would let investigators decide whether or not to physically see a child in an abuse case.
DCS would send someone to investigate immediately if a child was in danger. The priority is to have eyes on the children in need, but prioritize the calls based on importance.
Arizona Children’s Association Program Director for Foster Care and Adoption Cori Rico said, “They have a very tough job they deal with high caseloads really sad and unfortunate things that they have to go in.”
The Department of Child Safety said there has been a 50 percent increase over the past five years in the number of children looking for a home.
Rico said, “So we are always trying to recruit families in the community to be able to try and keep these kids in the community.”
Arizona Childrens Association is contracted by DCS. They recruit families and train them to ensure the safety of the children in their care.