Arizona Department of Child Safety

polygamous sect, Warren Jeffs, FLDS, kidnapping, arraignment
May 26, 2023

Members of polygamous group to appear in court on child sex abuse charges

Members of a small polygamous group accused of child sex abuse of underage girls who the group's leader claimed as brides are expected to appear in federal court today.

Samuel Bateman, polygamy, polygamous sect, state foster care, charges
Apr 13, 2023

Woman tied to Arizona polygamous leader accused of threats

A woman believed to be one of the 20 wives of a polygamous sect leader jailed in Arizona faces federal charges for allegedly sending threatening emails to child welfare workers in a bid to get her two daughters released from state foster care.

child abuse, neglect, deaths, DCS
Feb 17, 2023

Child fatalities: We deserve an answer

In Arizona, 46% of abuse and neglect deaths involved a prior history with the state’s child welfare agency. Arizona Senate Bill 1252, championed by Sen. Janae Shamp, R-Surprise, recognizes these deaths are preventable, and we desperately need to chart a path toward change that will ultimately save lives. 

Supreme Court, Indian, adoption, Indian Child Welfare Act, child welfare, tribes, DCS
Nov 8, 2022

Supreme Court asked to rule ‘gold standard’ of tribal adoption laws racist

The Supreme Court will consider Wednesday whether the Indian Child Welfare Act is the “gold standard” of child welfare policy or an “outrageous and unconstitutional” law that has outlived its time.

polygamy, Colorado City, Coconino County Jail, FLDS, polygamous, Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Warren Jeffs, U.S. Magistrate, child sex abuse, Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey
Sep 16, 2022

Arizona man charged after girls found in enclosed trailer

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A leader of a small polygamous group on the Arizona-Utah line pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges of tampering with evidence, weeks after being stopped on a highway with young girls in an enclosed trailer.

Dec 17, 2021

Child abuse investigation backlog soars

Once again, the Department of Child Safety has fallen behind on child abuse and neglect investigations.

Oct 3, 2019

Allister Adel named new Maricopa County Attorney

Allister Adel, an attorney in private practice and former executive director of the Maricopa County Bar Association, will be Maricopa County Attorney for the next year.

Sep 11, 2015

Attorney General seeks $10M more for child welfare cases

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is asking for a $9 million increase in funding in fiscal-year 2017 and an additional $1 million this year to pay for an overload of child welfare cases.

Sep 1, 2015

Child Safety Department revoking group homes’ license

The state Department of Child Safety on Monday said it was moving to revoke the license of a Mesa company that runs four group homes for troubled youth in the Phoenix area.

Aug 14, 2015

Critics worry proposed rules could make it difficult to hold child safety agency accountable

Hoping to halt its ever-growing backlog of cases, the Department of Child Safety wants to adopt new rules for what constitutes an investigation.

Jul 20, 2015

Senate president disappointed in audit that recommended more money for child safety

To improve the outcomes for Arizona children who are wards of the state, Senate President Andy Biggs wants officials to take a closer look at what requires the state to intervene in families’ lives in the first place.

Jun 9, 2015

Lawmaker wants DCS to require more protections for children

A state legislator is calling for the Arizona Department of Child Safety to keep high risk cases open longer after reunification and to reopen old cases when new allegations arise.