New law requires court order before DCS can remove children from home
Oct. 9, 2017
A new law requires the Department of Child Safety (DCS) to obtain a court order before taking children from their home, but the courts have not yet established a system for the court orders to be obtained.
Currently, DCS caseworkers can decide for themselves whether or not a child needs to be taken from a neglectful home, a policy some critics believe is the reason there were nearly 19,000 children in state custody last year.
Mary Jo Pitzl, a reporter who has covered DCS controversies extensively for The Arizona Republic, joined Arizona Horizon to discuss the possible outcomes of this new law.