- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona officials say a temporary placement center for children removed from their homes was a success, but the experiment is coming to a close.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1RAtVJn ) that the Department of Child Safety opened the temporary facility on June 1 to provide a more comfortable alternative for the kids, who were sometimes forced to spend the night in state offices.

But the state’s nine-month lease on the Phoenix office building is ending. Gov. Doug Ducey rejected DCS Director Greg McKay’s request for $1.2 million to fund a permanent placement center.

DCS spokesman Doug Nick says the agency is now focused on making faster home placements for children. DCS now has 16 placement coordinators, up from the four coordinators working when the center opened last year.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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