Foster care

Jul 9, 2023

Report: Arizona DCS shorting foster care monitors of information

The Department of Child Safety is not providing some information to local foster care review boards, leaving volunteer board members without data they need to help determine the permanent status of more than 11,000 children in out-of-home care, according to a new state report.

Democrats, Republicans, Hobbs, bipartisan
Jul 6, 2023

Legislature should take a lesson from its accomplishments in budget and refocus on commonsense bi-partisan legislation

As Gov. Katie Hobbs seeks to enact the measured solutions our state needs, I know she remains vigilant against efforts which harm Arizona’s reputation with the business community. I encourage the legislature to take a lesson from its accomplishments in the budget and refocus on commonsense bi-partisan legislation.

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.

Arizona Department of Child Safety, foster home, boy's death, diabetes, foster home
Apr 19, 2023

Arizona boy hospitalized twice before death in state care

A 9-year-old boy who died last year while in the care of Arizona's child welfare agency was hospitalized twice for a life-threatening diabetes complication in the weeks leading up to his death, according to an autopsy report released this month.

juvenile court, fees, Gowan,
Mar 17, 2023

Bill bars charging juveniles for probation costs

Under Senate Bill 1197, sponsored by Sen. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, and backed by Stand for Children Arizona, the courts would no longer be able to require juveniles or their parents or guardians to pay costs of probation, legal services, administrative fees, foster care, counseling, treatment, education programs, and any health care, food, clothing, shelter, or supervision while a child is inc[...]

foster care, diploma, graduation, Center for the Rights of Abused Children
Feb 27, 2023

Stop holding children back

Only 40% of children in foster care in Arizona graduate on time. And that has real world implications for these young people, their future, and our communities. The solution? Ensure simple, administrative issues like paperwork and transportation don’t stand in the way of children in foster care getting the high-quality education they deserve.

foster care, diploma, graduation, Center for the Rights of Abused Children
Oct 27, 2022

Closing educational gap for kids in foster care

A quality, stable education helps counteract the trauma children experience when they are removed from their homes. Simple solutions can make school a haven where they experience safe relationships, gain confidence, and prepare for the future. 

Feb 26, 2021

Calling all empty nesters, children need you

America is full of seasoned parents, younger, older, white, Black, urban, rural. We are living in every community where abused and abandoned kids need homes. We are here. We are ready. Let us help.

Jun 3, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Indian Child Welfare case

The U.S. Supreme Court has rebuffed a bid to void a federal law that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American tribes over the constitutionally protected best interests of children.

Mar 29, 2018

A good intention turns into a great bill for foster children

Together, we have made a good intention a great bill. I am thankful for everyone who not only participated to create responsible legislation, but to our Arizona parents, grandparents, kin, and foster and adoptive families who sacrifice so much to help our vulnerable kids.

Mar 1, 2018

Bill will ‘rocket’ foster children toward family life

SB1452 serves the demands of justice because timeliness is everything. Just ask John who has been waiting 17 years for a family.

foster youth, deaths, shootings, North Star Independent Living Services, Kentucky
Nov 23, 2016

5 states struggle with surging numbers of foster children

The number of U.S. children in foster care is climbing after a sustained decline, but just five states account for nearly two-thirds of the recent increase. Reasons range from creation of a new child-abuse hotline to widespread outrage over the deaths of children who'd been repeatedly abused. Addictions among parents are another major factor.