Posted: 3:10 p.m
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is abolishing the state's Child Protective Services agency and creating a new cabinet-level agency to oversee child welfare.
The governor used her State of the State address Monday to announce she was ending the agency's oversight by the Department of Economic Security by executive order.
The move comes after revelations in November that CPS failed to investigate thousands of reports of abuse and neglect.
Brewer says she's had enough of the "excuses" at CPS.
The Republican governor is praising a special team she created to investigate the problems and said Monday that more than 3,000 children have now been seen by social workers or police.
She named the head of that team, Juvenile Corrections Director Charles Flanagan, to run the new agency