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