Data shows case backlog in child welfare system
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo
PHOENIX (AP) - New data shows the backlog of unfinished cases in Arizona's child welfare system is growing, along with the number of hotline reports and children in foster care.
The Arizona Republic reports that the growth comes despite dozens of policy changes, new staff and nearly $1 million spent on consultants over the past two years.
State figures for the six-month period ending March 31 also show that foster parents homes are closing faster than new ones are opening, and babies and toddlers are spending more time in shelters.
State Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter says the department is developing a fiscal year 2014 budget with those trends in mind.
Dana Wolfe Naimark of the Children's Action Alliance says the trends and backlogs are distressing.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com
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