Arizona children’s advocates hope they and the community get the chance to add their two cents to a child welfare reform bill being crafted by a special committee that includes lawmakers from both parties. The bill-writing group was formed in response to last year’s disclosure that 6500 reports of child abuse had not been investigated by Child Protective Services. Children’s Action Alliance president Dana Wolfe Naimark says there are three key components that will make a reformed child welfare system successful.
Naimark says the approval early this year of nearly $7 million to hire more caseworkers is good, but much more is needed. She says lawmakers must fund a wide variety of services, not only for children in foster care, but also to support families to prevent the need for removal in the first place.