Child Protective Services

The former head of Arizona's social services agency had landed a job with the Trump administration.

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The Arizona Supreme Court is declining to review a decision upholding the firings of five Arizona child welfare workers who said they were made scapegoats for an agency scandal.

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A state appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by five former Arizona child welfare workers who were fired amid an agency scandal.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office is requesting $1 million to help pay for a surge in child welfare cases as well as an additional $9 million for fiscal year 2017.

Ryan Anderson, a spokesman for Attorney General Mark Brnovich, tells the Arizona Capitol Times that attorneys in the Child and Family Protection Division are leaving, citing factors such as poor wages and extreme caseloads.

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Lawyers representing ten children have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against two Arizona state agencies. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the lawsuit charges the state with having a “deficient foster care system.”