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Child protection agency delays contracts after criticism

Posted September 13

— The state Department of Child Safety has delayed new contracts for parent training after contractors complained the agency was prioritizing cost savings over child safety.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/2c6tUMZ ) that the agency has announced it is reworking parent-aid agreements, which have recently come under fire from nonprofit agencies.

Agency director Greg McKay recently wrote an op-ed in the Republic saying those complaints stem from groups that want to make more money.

Current parent-aid contracts, which provide training in good parenting practices to families at risk of having their children removed by the state, have been extended for six months. They were set to expire Aug. 31.

DCS officials say they hopes to issue a new request for bids in January, with new contracts awarded by March 2017.

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