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Ducey seeks Christian group's aid on child welfare

Feb 12, 2015

Arizona Republic

I wonder if Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is owned by Cathi Herrod and her Center for Arizona Policy like Jan Brewer was???

Cathi Herrod and her Center for Arizona Policy seem to be religious nut jobs who want to turn Arizona into a Christian theocracy. Something that is a violation of both the Arizona Constitution and the US Constitution.


Ducey seeks Christian group's aid on child welfare

Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Republic | azcentral.com 1:06 p.m. MST February 11, 2015

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey called on members of a powerful evangelical Christian organization to "re-engage" on issues surrounding child welfare. He made the remarks a day after firing the head of the state's Department of Child Safety and installing new leadership.

Ducey, who is Catholic, gave the keynote speech at the Center for Arizona Policy's Day at the Capitol event.

The center is led by Cathi Herrod, an influential lobbyist who has pushed anti-abortion, religious-freedom and school-choice legislation. Child-safety issues have not been a priority for the group. Herrod said the group has been "somewhat" involved in the past but acknowledged it could do more.

Toward the of his speech, Ducey reminded the hundreds gathered of his right-to-life stance, saying he looks "forward to working with you on those issues."

Then, he urged the crowd to help him get the Department of Child Safety "on a better path."

"I want to say that we have 16,900 children that are now outside of the womb and are wards of the state," Ducey told the crowd. "And I'm asking specifically for your help ... to feed this community, to re-engage in this issue of child safety — whether it's foster parents, whether it's adoption, whether it's as court-appointed special advocates for these children. These are the most vulnerable in our society and are, in many situations, not being cared for properly."

On Tuesday, Ducey named Greg McKay director of the new child-welfare agency and fired Charles Flanagan, who launched the agency less than eight months ago. McKay is the director of the agency's Office of Child Welfare Investigations and in 2013 blew the whistle on state officials' failure to investigate nearly 6,600 reports of child abuse and neglect from 2009 to 2013. Under Flanagan, those reports were re-opened and explored.

Ducey said he will increasingly engage with faith-based groups and others to "care for these children."

"I'm calling everyone out," Ducey later said. "I want to bring awareness to this issue."

Ducey said his wife, Angela, is trained as a court-appointed special advocate; Ducey is a board member of an organization that aims to prevent child abuse; and he is the godfather of his nephew, who was a foster child.

Follow the reporter on Twitter @yvonnewingett.

Reach the reporter at yvonne.wingett@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-4712.