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Child advocates want more details on CPS changes

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

You can change the name, but the problems still remain.

That's the message from child advocates across the state following the Gov. Jan Brewer's decision to abolish the state's Child Protective Services and replace it with a new independent agency.

Brewer's announcement Monday to replace and reform CPS has raised a whole new set of questions.

Will the new CPS receive proper funding?

Will there be enough oversight?

Will there be new systems in place to prevent child abuse cases from going uninvestigated.

Suzanne Schunk is vice president of SouthWest Human Development, an organization devoted to helping Arizona families.

Schunk said that she would like more details on how state officials will fix a system that's been broken for years.

"The needs of the families and children aren't being met now with the current funding and the current resources in the community," said Schunk. "Unless we address that at the same time, no change of name or independence of an agency is going to be able to meet the needs that exist in Arizona."

Schunk said that she is hopeful state lawmakers will get onboard and provide the necessary funding to add CPS staff members and create more prevention programs to help families before there's a crisis.

But one Valley mom isn't so sure state lawmakers can do the job.

Alyssa, who doesn't want to give her last name, had to wait two months for someone to investigate her complaint that her son's father was abusing him.

"It's just like you feel nobody cares. Nobody cares and you just want them to. You should be able to go to them and get what you need," said Alyssa. "I don't feel confident. It's failed me before. So, I can only pray that, this time, something comes about it."

The governor is expected to give some insight into how much funding the new CPS agency will receive, when she reveals her 2015 budget plan on Friday.

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