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New CPS Data

Recently released data from the Arizona Dept of Economic Security shows us the effects of an overwhelmed Child Protective Services system combined with the increase in the number of reports of child abuse and neglect coming into their office. Increase in the number of reports of child abuse and neglect- 24% since October 1st of 2009 Case loads too high – More than 50% above standards Number of open cases that have been inactive for 60 days or more – 9,882 Increase in out-of-home care population – 37% More children in foster care since October 1, 2009 Foster homes decreasing – The number of licensed foster homes decreased by 474 homes since October 1, 2009. Read more

New Data From CPS

Recently released data from the Arizona Dept of Economic Security shows us the effects of an overwhelmed Child Protective Services system combined with the increase in the number of reports of child abuse and neglect coming into their office.

How much does it cost to raise a child?

Posted August 15, 2012 to Blog, enews, What We're Reading | Comments (0)
Every parent knows that raising children brings great rewards – and great expense! Since 1960, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided estimates on the annual amount families spend on children from birth through age 17. The newly released report for 2011 shows a middle income family spends $234,900 per child, an average of more than $13,000 each year. Read more

Arizona Leaders Launch Campaign to Promote KidsCare II

Posted August 8, 2012 to Blog, Health, Health Media, News, News Releases | Comments (0)
Contact: Matt Jewett, Director, Health PolicyChildren’s Action Alliance, 602-266-0707, ext. 212 Download PDF Version New Applications Accepted for First Time in Two and a Half Years (Phoenix, Arizona) Arizona children are heading off to child care, preschool and elementary school with their backpacks, binders and books. As they get kids ready for the new school year, parents also have the opportunity to enroll their children in affordable health coverage, called Kids Care II.  Read more

A Sweet Note…

Posted July 27, 2012 to Blog, Juvenile Justice | Comments (0)
Last Friday, Beth Rosenberg, CAA’s Director of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Policy, was honored by the Arizona State Bar Association’s Juvenile Law Section with the Terry Chandler Award.  The award, given to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the Field of Juvenile Law, was named in honor of Terry L. Chandler, the instigator and first Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Juvenile Law Section. Read more

ARIZONA RANKS IN THE BOTTOM FIVE STATES FOR CONDITIONS FOR KIDS

Posted July 25, 2012 to Blog, enews, KIDS COUNT | Comments (0)
Arizona ranks fifth worst overall for conditions for children and families, according to the 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The economic recession has taken a terrible toll on children: conditions worsened in seven of the 16 indicators in Arizona since 2005. Despite the tough economic times, Arizona showed improvement in several key areas, including the teen birthrate and the child death rate. Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Prison Sentences of Life Without Parole for Youth

Posted June 25, 2012 to Blog, Juvenile Justice | Comments (0)
In addition to today’s SB 1070 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court also issued an extremely important decision in Miller v. Alabama which bans mandatory sentences of life without parole for youth who commit homicide while under the age of 18. Although the ruling does not completely ban life without parole sentences for youth, it ensures that such punishments can only be imposed on a case-by-case basis. Read more

Voters and Candidates Get Information about Conditions for Kids in 30 New Legislative Districts

Children's Action Alliance released new fact sheets highlighting conditions for children and families in each of Arizona's 30 newly drawn legislative districts. The fact sheets use recent U.S. Census data along with AIMS reading scores to paint a picture of some aspects of family life throughout Arizona.

CPS Overwhelmed

New data from the Arizona Department of Economic Security shows the number of children in foster care at an all-time high of 12,649 at the end of March. In just the first three months of 2012, the number of foster children grew by more than 1,200 — far more than the growth during all of 2011. Read more

What do President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe and Oprah Winfrey have in common?

Like 60,000 children in Arizona today, they were raised by their grandparents or other relatives for part of their childhoods. This practice, called kinship care, has been growing in Arizona and throughout the nation. The Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors are asking every state legislator and every legislative candidate to read a new report, called Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families. Read more