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Forum Transcript, Community Comments and Recommendations

December 16, 2013

Forum Transcript, Community Comments and Recommendations to improve Arizona Child Protective Services from the December 3, 2013 CPS Community Forum in Phoenix, AZ.  Presented by Children’s Action Alliance on December 16, 2013 to the Arizona Legislative Child Protective Services Oversight Committee.

Sad boy in yellow smallINTRODUCTION

A public forum about CPS was held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Memorial Hall in Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix.  The forum was co-sponsored by Children’s Action Alliance, Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents, Arizona Council of Human Service Providers, Arizona Foster Care Initiatives, ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, Child and Family Resources, Child Crisis Center, e-Latina Voices, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition, and Voices for CASA Children. State Representative Kate Brophy McGee, Senator Leah Landrum Taylor, and Representative Debbie McCune Davis were there to listen to the input. Several other members of the CPS Legislative Oversight Committee and some members of Governor Brewer’s CARE Team were there as well. 

Nearly 400 people came to participate to offer their suggestions for improving child safety, including foster parents, social workers from community agencies, volunteers, and current and former CPS case managers.  Speakers were invited to the microphone and given a 3 minute time limit.  Overall, participants expressed great frustration with problems in the current system as well as confidence that we can improve with commitment to some clear action steps.  The public was invited to continue to provide input on line to cpsforum@azchildren.org.

Included in the booklet are

  1. Executive Summary
  2. The handout provided to all forum attendees
  3. The verbatim transcript of the discussion at the CPS Forum
  4. Copies of all of the comment cards and written statements submitted at the forum
  5. Statements provided by co-sponsors and community organizations
  6. CPS Input received via e-mail or on-line since the forum

Children’s Action Alliance staff has reviewed the material to identify common themes and major recommendations that emerged from all of the materials in this booklet.  The Executive Summary is not an exhaustive list; readers are encouraged to review all the comments for additional recommendations that do not fall into the broader categories.