Arizona CPS update: Maricopa County Attorney looks into Child Protective Services failures

PHOENIX - Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says he wants answers and hopes the completion of a Department of Public Safety investigation will lead to permanent reform and change for Child Protective Services.

"I want to go all the way down to the bottom of the cesspool that has been the source of CPS failure and find out what is going on," said Montgomery.

Montgomery is hoping an administrative investigation will get to the source of what he calls a failing system at CPS.

"The focus needs to be what's going on with CPS from an administrative, personnel, and policy standpoint. The organizational culture and the management structure at CPS needs to be looked at because that may be the source of the true fault of the child welfare system from the beginning," said Montgomery.

He hopes focusing on a system wide change will make sure CPS is doing what it is intended to do.

"Set up a system were there really is protection of children first and not the protection of status quo, or the protection of failed system," said Montgomery.

A system Montgomery says has managed to avoid transparency and ignore reform for years.

"How do you have a government agency, that despite legislation telling them how they do their job, continue doing what they've been doing all along and are impervious to efforts of reform?" asked Montgomery.

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