Audit shows failings of state child welfare agency

Audit shows failings of state child welfare agency

PHOENIX (AP) – A state audit of Arizona’s Department of Child Safety (DCS) has found that the agency’s process of removing children from homes is
inconsistent and may result in unnecessary child removals.

According to the report released Wednesday by the state Auditor General, the agency doesn’t have a uniform set of guidelines for caseworkers to follow when evaluating a child’s safety risk. Case workers write descriptions of what they’ve observed, but a lack of specific criteria could lead to poor decision-making, the audit states.

The report also noted a lack of services to support families and children as well as inadequate training for supervisors and caseworkers.

A DCS spokesman says the agency agrees with the report and will make improvements based on its recommendations.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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