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Child Abuse and Neglect

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.

A Bad Budget for Arizona

March 11, 2015
In the early hours of Saturday, March 7, the Arizona legislature passed the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015. While the budget balances revenues and expenditures for one year, it lacks a greater vision for Arizona's children and families and future.

Good News for Kids

February 6, 2015
We’re happy to report that there are some good bills for kids under consideration at the legislature. The following three bills have been introduced and one of them has already been passed by its assigned committee. HB 2022 – Tuition Waivers for Youth from Foster Care Frank Smith and Rep. Brophy McGee testified in support of HBThe bill, sponsored by Rep. Read more

2015 Policy Priorities for the Arizona Governor, State Legislature and State Agencies

December 24, 2014
Children's Action Alliance invites you to join us as we stand up for policies and practices that create a brighter future for our children and a vibrant economy for Arizona.


July 15, 2014
Just as Arizona’s children are getting ready to return to school and a new batch of 3 and 4 year olds are beginning preschool, good news comes for some working parents. Thanks to legislative funding for child care, notice went out to 4,000 children and their families that they can now use vouchers to help pay child care costs.

New Department of Child Safety is Created

May 29, 2014
Children’s Action Alliance congratulates Governor Brewer and state senators and representatives for passing two new laws this week to protect children and strengthen families. These new laws create and fund a stand-alone Department of Child Safety with internal and external accountability features.  The laws create a framework to respond to and reduce child abuse and neglect with both social work and law enforcement tools.  Read more

FY 15 Budget – How It Adds Up for Kids

April 14, 2014
Although Governor Brewer signed off on most of the $9.2 billion budget approved by the Legislature last week, she used her line-item veto authority to free up $4 million in state money for the new Child Safety and Family Services (CSFS) agency.

Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences: Creating Hope for a Healthier Arizona

March 20, 2014
The first years of a child’s life have a profound effect on future learning, behavior and well-being. But recently, a new line of research has made it clear just how strongly early experiences shape adult lives. Stable, nurturing environments help children develop cognitive and emotional skills as well as the resilience they need to thrive as adults.

Demand for child protective services continues to grow

March 13, 2014
The number of children and families needing intervention and help continues to grow, according to recent data released by the Division of Child Safety and Family Services.

CPS Forum Transcript and Recommendations

December 18, 2013
Many thanks to all of you who have offered thoughtful comments and suggestions to improve protection of Arizona’s children from abuse and neglect. Policymakers are listening!