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April 18, 2014

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Report: Arizona child welfare needs full overhaul

Updated Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 | 12:51 p.m.

PHOENIX (AP) — An independent team named by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to review the state's troubled child welfare agency is calling for a top-to-bottom overhaul of the department to focus it purely on child safety.

The report released Friday outlines steps needed to address years-long problems at Child Protective Services. The most severe issue was revealed in November when more than 6,500 child abuse and neglect reports were found to have not been investigated.

Brewer abolished CPS earlier this month and created a new child welfare department that reports to her directly.

The Republican governor's CARE team report recommends re-training social workers, working more with outside providers and overhauling the state's child abuse hotline.

The team report also recommends removing civil service protections from child welfare agency workers.