Arizona's Child Welfare System Has Also Shifted Online — For Better Or Worse

Published: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 1:28pm
Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 1:33pm
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Mary Jo Pitzl in KJZZ's studio in 2018.

As many systems, businesses and programs have shifted online during the time of COVID-19, so has Arizona's child welfare system.

Family visits are no longer in person, and neither are family court hearings. Plus, with fewer mandatory reporters seeing kids in schools everyday, calls to the child abuse hotline are way down.

The Show spoke with Mary Jo Pitzl, who covers child welfare for the Arizona Republic, about how all of this might be affecting at-risk kids in Arizona.

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