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State Welfare Department Comes Up With Plan To Deal With Uninvestigated CPS Cases

The state’s welfare department has come up with a plan to deal with more than 6,000 cases alleging child abuse and neglect that Child Protective Services failed to investigate. Cases would be screened by next week, and those needing full investigations would be finished by January 31st, 2014. The strategy is getting mixed reviews. Kids' advocate Dana Naimark of Children’s Action Alliance says the work plan is a good start, but she questions how it is all going to work, given the agency's limited resources.
 
Naimark says letting thousands of abuse and neglect reports pile up represents “a failure of leadership and a system failure.” Some lawmakers are urging a cautious approach, while others are calling for immediate reforms, hiring more caseworkers and perhaps spinning off CPS into a separate agency.

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