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Please Urge the Senate to Vote Yes for Foster Care Prevention Services

Arizona has nearly 19,000 children in foster care, one of the highest rates in the country. Even when placed in good homes, foster care can be traumatic for children, and families who are at risk can benefit greatly from preventive services designed to keep kids out of the child welfare system. Read more

KidsCare is Back, Families Can Now Apply

After more than six years’ hiatus, KidsCare will finally be available as a health coverage choice for working families. This is exciting news for Arizona families who have been fighting for an affordable option for medical insurance for their children. Beginning Tuesday, July 26, families across Arizona who earn too much to qualify for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), yet cannot afford the cost of private health insurance, will be able to apply for low- or no-cost coverage through KidsCare. Read more

Our 2016 Legislative Candidate Questionnaire

As we do every election year, Children’s Action Alliance has sent an issues questionnaire to all legislative candidates who have qualified for the 2016 primary ballot. This cycle, we narrowed the survey down to five brief questions, giving candidates the opportunity to comment further on their positions on issues affecting conditions for kids. Read more

Report: Juvenile Justice in Arizona: The Fiscal Foundations of Effective Policy

This report was released in January of 2016 at a community event to discuss where Arizona stands on juvenile justice policies that make sense. Issued by Children’s Action Alliance and The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, the report is available here.  Read more

Health Policy Director Position Open at CAA

For nearly three years, Joe Fu has worked for Arizona children by advocating for public policy that benefits kids’ health. Joe has been a tremendous asset to Children’s Action Alliance and our mission. Joe is leaving his position at CAA, taking a job at First Things First, where he will focus on children’s early development issues. Read more

Sponsorship Opportunities Available for TEOC Event in October

It may only be June, but we at Children’s Action Alliance are working hard to prepare for our annual flagship fundraising event, Through the Eyes of a Child luncheon. If you have not yet done so, mark your calendars for Friday, October 21, 2016 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Read more

New KIDS COUNT Data Ranks Arizona 45th in Nation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book, ranking Arizona 45th overall, up from 46th in 2015. The analysis ranks states on 16 data markers, including education, health, poverty and family situation, as well as community factors. While Arizona is still in the bottom ten states, improvements in math proficiency were the most notable area of progress, propelling the state from 35th in 2015 to 18th in 2016. Read more

Conditions for Arizona Kids Improve Slightly; Concerns with Poverty, Education Remain

PDF Version  PHOENIX – The ranking for conditions for Arizona children is slowly improving, moving from 46th in 2015 to 45th place this year, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book. The yearly analysis evaluates data in 16 indicators, including education, health, poverty and family and community factors. Read more

Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding? Our Annual Legislative Update for 2016

To put it mildly, it has been a rollercoaster legislative session for kids this year, and we have compiled a list of our priority bills and tracked voting records of every Arizona state senator and representative. We are enclosing a link to our 2016 Annual Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding? Read more

Dept. of Child Safety Data Show Stress on Families and the Agency

The number of children in Arizona’s foster care system has reached an all-time high while the number of staff available to work with them continues to drop. As of February 2016, the number of children in foster care reached 19,044. Of these, 2,753 children were living in congregate care (primarily shelters and group homes) due to the lack of family foster homes. Read more