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AZ Supreme Court to rule on authority for state child welfare officials

Updated: Jul 14, 2014 10:28 AM

By Tucson News Now Staff - email

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Arizona Supreme Court is set to rule soon, on how much authority state child welfare officials have in deciding how and when to return children in state custody, to their parents.
One such case in Pima County involves five children that were taken into state custody on grounds that the parents were using drugs and that the children were being neglected.
A judge ruled that state officials could decide when to reunite the family, but the appointed lawyer for the children objected to giving the state that authority. The lawyer argued that formal court proceedings were needed to return the children to their parents.
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