Cost of Arizona child-welfare glitch is uncertain

PHOENIX (AP) - It's been a month since Arizona officials disclosed a massive computer error affecting thousands of Child Protective Services cases.

But attorneys and state child-welfare officials still haven't determined the full extent of the problem, how best to manage it or how much it will cost taxpayers.

The Arizona Republic says some doubt that any new records will change the outcome of an adoption or a child-dependency case.

Attorneys representing parents and children in CPS cases say the state should help them find records that were withheld or at least give them a better sense of what might be missing.

More than 8,500 child-dependency cases are pending in county courts. Adoptions can no longer be challenged one year after they are finalized.

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