Latest CPS data is concerning…
Latest reports from the Arizona Department of Economic Security continue to indicate the rising numbers of children in foster care and a system over-whelmed with children and families needing help. Children’s Action Alliance compiled the data and has prepared a series of charts to better analyze what the numbers mean for children in crisis. Here are some of the more concerning figures:
- From March 2008 to September 2012, the number of reports requiring investigation grew 21% and reports of neglect increased 40%.
- A third of the child abuse and neglect reports received by CPS from July 2012 through December 2012 remain open for investigation as of June 2013.
- As of May 2013, 14,787 children were in out-of-home care, the highest number in Arizona history.
- The total number of children in out-of-home care rose 45% from December 2007 to December 2012 while the number of families receiving in-home services decreased.
- The 2012 annualized turnover rate for CPS Specialists was 28.6%.
- Even with the new staffing provided by the legislature for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014, caseloads will remain above Arizona’s caseload standards.
CAA continues to partner with Child Protective Services and community advocates to seek avenues for systems improvement. As we all need to keep diligent watch over the numbers, our greatest concern is for the safety of the children at risk.