Independent probe's report on CPS is available online

An independent investigation of Sacramento County's Child Protective Services that is critical of the agency's leadership and handling of children's cases has been made public in advance of Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

The 140-page report by MGT of America Inc., which was ordered last year after a Bee investigation of the agency, is available online at www.saccountytv.saccounty.net/default.htm by clicking on "Tuesday board meetings" and then "agenda and materials" and the 2:15 p.m. item.

The report, first reported Wednesday by The Bee, found that four children might have been saved if CPS workers had acted properly, and that there were failings in seven child-death cases studied. Among the recommendations are that an outside consultant be brought in to work with CPS management.

Supervisor Don Nottoli said the report shows "there's a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done."

The report cost $100,000 and was compiled by studying CPS from last September through February. A separate investigation by the county grand jury also is under way and is expected to be completed soon.

The supervisors are scheduled to discuss the audit's findings and recommendations at 2:15 p.m. in room 1450 at 700 H St.,

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