Gov. Jan Brewer signs child welfare overhaul bills

BOB CHRISTIE ASTRID GALVAN Associated Press Published:

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law legislation that overhauls that state's child welfare agency just months after revelations that thousands of abuse and neglect reports had gone uninvestigated.

The two bills approved by the House and Senate on Thursday will create and fund a new Department of Child Safety to replace the old Child Protective Services department. The new agency will be funded at a total of $834 million.

Brewer proposed the overhaul after revelations late last year that more than 6,500 abuse and neglect reports were closed without investigation by the old CPS.

Brewer set up a temporary department in January under Charles Flanagan, the former head of the state's juvenile corrections department. He will also head the new agency.

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