Today I was watching “Politics Unplugged” and heard an update on the 6,000 cases of child abuse that have gone uninvestigated since 2009. One of the first things that Governor Brewer did when she was voted Governor was cut funding for Child Protective Services (CPS). Brewer is quoted as saying “That there must be accountability for this inexcusable failure at CPS, but she intends to DPS conduct its independent review before any conclusions are made. Everybody’s first priority must be to ensure that each case is investigated and that every child’s safety is assured.”
On December 30, 2011 Arizona Central reported a story “Arizona CPS changes recommended by task force.” This task force was a result of a 6 year old boy who was killed and whose parents were investigated 5 times in four years prior to their son’s death according to the article. It seems that all there has been is lip service. Had Governor Brewer really had an effective task force in 2011, I suspect they would have found some of the cases to that point. The fact is, the only explanation is a blatant disregard for human life.
Not long ago the “The self-proclaimed toughest sheriff” Arpaio’s office failed to investigate over 400 sex crimes and the majority of the victims were children. These are our elected officials. Yes they are both Republicans who have built a name for themselves on SB-1070 and trying to enforce federal laws as opposed to taking care of the needs of their state. Yes, tough sheriff and a scorpion eating governor. They brag about being “self made” and love the lime light. Problem with “self made” people is that most of them like these 2 worship their creator.
It seems that perhaps if these two paid more attention to doing their job instead of gallivanting the media the mess would not be so big. What is terrifying is that out of the 6,000 child abuse cases there were ten that required “immediate response,” that means that child remained in the care of their abuser for at least a year. What is broken about this is that even if the children go to foster care, there is no guarantee the abuse will stop. These are not someone elses kids, they are our children and they deserve better.