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Child Abuse and Neglect

A Spot of Good News: The Number of Kids in Foster Care is Dropping

March 1, 2017
Some good news from the Department of Child Safety (DCS): The number of children in foster care has been declining with children moving to permanent homes from foster care and fewer children entering care. As of December 2016, there were 17,149 children in foster care down from a high of 19,044 in February. Read more

Trends in Child Safety

August 11, 2016
Arizonans remain on red alert about our responsibility to protect children from abuse and neglect as we hear about horrible cases of parents killing children, children suddenly removed from group homes due to safety concerns, and a judge holding the Department of Child Safety in contempt of court due to a lack of timely services to families.All of these conditions demand attention and action. Read more

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

July 28, 2016
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

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

June 3, 2016
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

Your Voice is Being Heard at the Legislature

February 10, 2016
Dear Friends, Thanks to your support, four bills that will improve children’s health, education and security have moved forward this week! President and CEO Dana Wolfe Naimark testifies in support of lifting the freeze on KidsCare at the state legislature on Feb. 9. Our community showed strong and unified support for lifting the temporary freeze on KidsCare.   Read more

New Data Shows Foster Care Children Lag Behind Peers in Academic Success

December 16, 2015
A newly released study finds Arizona students in foster care fare worse academically than their peers, even those who are considered to be at risk because of other factors,  such as poverty, language barriers and learning disabilities. The report, Arizona’s Invisible Achievement Gap, highlights a critical issue affecting foster children: disruptions have a devastating impact not only in their family lives, but also on educational progress that can affect them through adulthood. Read more

A Look at the Department of Child Safety’s Budget Request for the Upcoming Year

October 2, 2015
The Department of Child Safety (DCS) recently submitted its funding request for fiscal year 2017, asking for a 21% increase of $105.9 million in appropriated funds (including the state general fund, federal TANF block grant and federal child care funds).  DCS requests that $65.5 million of this increase begins during the current fiscal year with a supplemental appropriation to address system deficits. Read more

Essential DCS Charts and Graphs

September 10, 2015
The Child Protective Services (CPS) program provides dozens of data indicators related to the reports of abuse or neglect it receives and the children and families who receive some kind of service from CPS. Here at Children's Action Alliance, we frequently go over the data available to us and the general public and try to make sense of it all and what it means to the children and families of Arizona.

New Report on DCS

July 7, 2015
Last week the Arizona Auditor General released an independent review of the Department of Child Safety conducted by The Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.

DCS…what works to help families in need

June 23, 2015
Since the new Department of Child Safety (DCS) was created one year ago, the number of children living in foster care has continued to grow far faster than the number of foster families or the number of staff able to handle their cases.