From the Seattle Times:
“In a report released this morning, the state Children’s Administration found that while social workers like Griffin-Hall demonstrated a high concern for Charlie and Braden, their awareness that Powell was a suspect in his wife’s disappearance should have prompted greater vigilance. The 12-page Child Fatality Review, compiled by a panel of lawyers, a judge, a police officer, social service providers, a psychologist and two state senators, said the Children’s Administration should have tried harder to find out more about the potential threat to the children because of the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell.”
According to the Seattle Times, the report made the following recommendations for future dealings with children:
• If there’s an active criminal investigation involving someone connected with a child dependency case, Children’s Administration should make an effort to consult with law enforcement involved before making any changes in parent/child visitation agreements.
Many news sources weighed in on this report today:
Attorney Anne Bremner, speaking this morning on the Dori Monson show, Seattle
From the Associated Press, as reported by KIRO TV, Seattle
The Salt Lake Tribune spoke with Chuck Cox, who had this to say about the report:
“… That last conclusion drew a strong response from Chuck Cox, the missing woman’s father.
"We told them Josh was capable of killing the children," Cox said. "We had warned them of that very possibility. We told them of our concern that if Josh Powell was cornered and was going to lose the children or be arrested, he would be capable of killing the children and himself. And that is exactly what happened."
Cox said he and his wife Judy shared that concern with caseworkers, psychologists, police and attorneys involved in the case after receiving temporary custody of their grandsons in September 2011.
"They heard us, they knew about it and they chose to dismiss it," he said. "And, as a result, our grandchildren are dead."
…. Cox said that while he believes case workers were doing the best they could and had genuine concern for his grandsons, the child welfare system is flawed because of its focus on reunification of children and parents.
"Pointing fingers is not going to bring the children back," he said, "but perhaps the notoriety of this case will help protect other children and makes changes to focus on the best interests of children."