Thursday, January 12, 2023

NCCPR in the Arizona Republic: Arizona still yanks too many kids from their parents. Can a new director fix this?

A mistake 20 years ago still reverberates today at Arizona's Department of Child Services. Gov. Katie Hobbs seems eager not to repeat it.

Even before taking office, Arizona’s new Democratic governor made clear she’s not about to repeat one of the biggest blunders of the last Democratic governor. 

That’s great news for the state’s vulnerable children. Indeed, to understand why Arizona’s child welfare system is a national disgrace, it’s essential to revisit the crucial mistake made by Janet Napolitano within days of taking office 20 years ago. ...

Read the full column here.