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Arizona child advocacy groups set forum on CPS

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There are new developments surrounding the thousands of uninvestigated reports of abuse to Child Protective Services.

Five case supervisors with the agency have been placed on administrative leave.

Now child advocacy groups are gathering in Phoenix to discuss how to better protect Arizona's children.

Children's Action Alliance organized Tuesday night's forum at Steele Indian School Park in response to the latest crisis at CPS.  The goal is to get the community to weigh in with ideas on how to better protect children from abuse and neglect.

Everyone agrees that the system that is supposed to protect Arizona children from neglect and abuse is broken.

When it was revealed last month that 6,000 child abuse and neglect reports were never investigated by Child Protective services, the children's advocacy group realized they needed to do something like this.

"When that news was announced, there was such an outpouring of emotion and concern and people being upset and wanting to do something.. we planned a forum to give people a chance to come together and give their suggestions and ideas for moving forward," said Dana Wolfe-Naimark.

Wolfe-Naimark hopes the forum will generate new ideas on how CPS can do a better job of investigating cases of child abuse and neglect.

Governor Brewer has formed a special team to oversee the CPS investigation of the abuse reports that were ignored.  

Wolfe-Naimark understands the frustration level is running high on many fronts.

"It's extremely high.  The level of frustration and sadness the level of anxiety and the desire for change and that's what we want to capture," she said.

At the forum, legislators from the CPS oversight committee will listen to ideas submitted through public comment.

Wolfe-Naimark believes the governor, the legislators and a community up in arms can finally do something to fix the CPS system.

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