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Bureau of Children's Services The
mission of the Bureau of Children's Services is to support and
monitor a statewide system for the delivery of comprehensive
community-based behavioral health services for all of Arizona's
children and adolescents http://www.azdhs.gov/bhs/bcs.htm
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Governor's Office for Children DIVISION
FOR CHILDREN The mission of the Division for Children is to promote
and advance the strength and well-being of Arizona’s children and
families. The Division for Children provides a single, strong voice
for children from within the executive branch of state government.
The Division for Children will serve as interagency coordinator for
all children, youth, and family programs within the state.
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The Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families
The Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and
Families (GOCYF) serves the mission of the Governor by fostering and
enhancing collaborative relationships across state systems and
communities in an effort to ensure the well being of Arizona’s
children and families. The GOCYF seeks to develop and influence
public policy in efforts focused on coordinating and creating a more
comprehensive system of services, and works to secure resources that
will provide sustainable and positive impacts for Arizona children,
families and communities
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In The News
Signs Bills on DCF Oversight
The Associated Press
PHOENIX — Arizona's child protection system and the people who work in
it will be subject to more public and legislative oversight because
under new laws signed Tuesday.
Four bills signed by Gov. Janet Napolitano were promoted by supporters
as increasing accountability and transparency of state functions to
protect children from abuse and neglect.
The bills would increase public access to Child Protective Services
information after the death or serious injury of a child.
Others provisions would open some CPS-related court proceedings and
allow inspection of state employee disciplinary records.
Lawmakers proposed the legislation in the wake of deaths of three
Tucson-area children who were killed, allegedly at the hands of parents,
after the families came into contact with CPS.
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CPS - Governor Gets Four Child-Welfare Bills
Staff and Wire reports
PHOENIX - The Legislature has completed action on the final four bills
in a package that supporters said will increase accountability of the
state's system for protecting children from abuse and neglect.
"Open government is better government," said Rep. Kirk Adams, a Mesa
Republican who sponsored the bills with Rep. Jonathan Paton, R-Tucson.
Bipartisan House votes sent the four bills to Gov. Janet Napolitano on
Thursday, one day after the Senate approved the last bill in the
Napolitano has signed two other bills in the package. Spokeswoman
Jeanine L'Ecuyer declined to comment on whether the governor would sign
the other four.
Adams said he expects Napolitano will sign the bills.
Adams and Paton, the chairman and vice chairman respectively of the
House Government Committee, introduced the bills after holding hearings
in the wake of the deaths of three Tucson-area children whose families
came into contact with Child Protective Services.
Tucson police believe Ariana Payne, 4, and her brother Tyler, 5, were
killed by their father, Christopher. In February 2006, CPS workers told
Tucson police the children should stay with their father instead of
their mother, Jamie Hallam, even though a court had awarded Hallam
custody of both. Police said they believe the children died between
March and September 2006. Ariana's decomposing body was found in
February 2007 in a storage locker. Her brother's body was never found.
Their father and his girlfriend, Reina Gonzales, are charged with
first-degree murder and prosecutors will seek the death penalty if
Brandon Williams, 5, died March 22, 2007, of injuries to his head and
spine and an overdose of cold medicine, according to police and court
records. His mother, Diane Lynn Marsh, 40, is awaiting trial on
first-degree murder and child abuse charges. Despite CPS caseworkers'
concern for Brandon's safety, they were unable to locate him or his
mother in the weeks before he died, according to CPS records.
"We can never bring them back but we can try to bring back the public's
faith in their government by making it as open, as transparent and as
accountable to the people of this state as we can," Paton said.
Key provisions of the bills would:
• Increase public access to CPS information after
the death or serious injury of a child.
• Open some CPS-related court proceedings.
• Allow inspection of state employee disciplinary records.
• Impose stronger requirements for law enforcement officials and CPS
personnel to work together on child protection matters.
Paton said the additional transparency will help identify problems and
solutions in CPS and related government functions, helping to protect
children in the future.
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