Department of Child Safety

State child-protection officials are launching a new program to identify families to care for children living in group homes and shelters due to abuse or neglect.

The Department of Child Safety says the program is called “Fostering Sustainable Connections.” It’s intended to give children supportive relationships by connecting or reconnecting them with people who have been important in their lives.

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed against the state Departments of Child Safety and Health Services on behalf of ten children currently in state foster care. The suit claims major deficiencies in the system, but as Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan Reports, some argue a lack of funding is to blame.

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The final results are in as to what happened to those nearly 6,600 complaints of child abuse that were never investigated. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation this afternoon creating a new Department of Child Safety. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.