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Team closes all but 102 Arizona child-abuse reports

PHOENIX — A team reviewing nearly 6,600 child abuse and neglect reports
that weren’t investigated by Arizona child welfare officials said all but 102 cases have been closed.

The so-called CARE team named on Dec. 2 by Gov. Jan Brewer provided the latest
update Tuesday. The team said investigators have seen 12,854 children identified
in the reports. All cases have had a response.

Child welfare workers probing the ignored reports removed 251 children from
their homes. Another 316 children identified in the reports had been removed
because of another case.

Brewer removed the state’s Child Protective Services department from its parent
agency and the Legislature created a new Department of Child Safety to handle
child welfare last month. The CARE team is led by Charles Flanagan, the new
department’s director.


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