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Arizona child advocacy groups set forum on CPS

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PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she is going to get to the bottom of Arizona's embarrassment over Child Protective Services and the thousands of abuse cases that were never investigated, and finally make sure the state's neglected children are protected.

To help get the job done, she announced Monday she's formed an independent team of "top-level" child welfare advocates to oversee the process.

The public will get a chance to provide feedback about how to improve CPS at a community forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix sponsored by several children's advocacy groups.

The people who make up the CPS oversight committee will be in attendance.

Tuesday evening's meeting will feature members of the Legislature's CPS oversight committee. The event is designed to gather information that might improve CPS and help it respond to abused and neglected children.

What the forum sponsored by the Children's Action Alliance and 10 other groups will not do is discuss current problems at the agency. CPS revealed two weeks ago that more than 6,000 child abuse and neglect reports had been closed without investigations.

Gov. Jan Brewer ordered a state police investigation and on Monday appointed an independent board to review the investigations and identify areas needing improvement.

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