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Child Protective Services denounced

OLYMPIA – Lawmakers, parents and an Eastern Washington prosecutor on Thursday blasted state child-protection officials, saying the state is too quick to remove children from their families. “The system is broken. The children are forgotten,” said Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen. He said he found “a culture of deceit and deception” among Child Protective Services workers in Colville.

State investigates child welfare office

A high volume of complaints regarding the Washington Division of Children and Family Services’ Colville office has triggered an investigation by the state ombudsman. Ombudsman Mary Meinig will be in Colville this week at the request of Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Robin Arnold-Williams. The request was made because of concerns raised by a state legislator who represents that area and by the advocacy group Washington Families United, said Kari Burrell, executive policy advisor to Gov. Chris Gregoire for human services and housing.