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Nicole Stanton, Arizona Juvenile Courts to Be Honored at 18th Annual Through the Eyes of a Child Luncheon

October 12, 2016
PDF Version  (Phoenix, AZ) – Hundreds of Arizonans will join Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) in honoring Phoenix attorney Nicole Stanton and the Arizona Juvenile Courts for their efforts in improving conditions for kids at this month’s annual Through the Eyes of a Child luncheon, being held Friday, October 21st. The theme of the 18th annual event is Justice: Through the Eyes of a Child. Read more

New Census Data Finds Drop in Uninsured Children in Arizona

September 20, 2016
Some good news from the U.S. Census Bureau this week, as the agency released data on more than 40 different topics in the American Community Survey. Notable in the data is a significant drop in the percentage of children without health coverage in Arizona. The data, from 2015, estimates that, 8% of Arizona’s children remained uninsured in 2015, compared with 10% in 2014. Read more

Welcome Our Newest CAA Team Member

September 7, 2016
We are pleased to introduce our newest staff member, Siman Qaasim, who joins Children’s Action Alliance as Director of Health Policy. Siman is a well-seasoned public health professional, with a background in developing and administering community health programs. She joins the team from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, where she was an administrator for the Office of School Health and Wellness Initiatives. Read more

KidsCare Coverage Starts Now

September 1, 2016
It was a hard-fought battle to lift the freeze on KidsCare, but Arizona families won. As of today, working families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS) yet cannot afford the premiums, deductibles and co-pays of a private or Health Insurance Marketplace plan, can now get their children to a doctor as soon as they need one. Read more

Arizona Kids Count Data Shows Successes, Declines in Kids’ Conditions

August 24, 2016
New county-level statistics compiled by Children’s Action Alliance, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, show a detailed insight into child poverty, academic achievement, child safety and juvenile crime in Arizona. The 2016 Arizona KIDS COUNT Data Book analyzes five years of data from 2009 – 2014, comparing conditions for kids and families from a difficult economic period during and after the nation slowly emerged from the Great Recession. Read more

Join Us for the 5th Grandparents Ambassadors Summit

August 19, 2016
Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors statewide will gather at the 5th Arizona Grandparent Ambassador Summit next month to network and plan for next steps in their advocacy agenda.Whether you are a grandparent raising a grandchild or community supporter, your participation is welcome.  This summit is a great event to meet others in the same situation, discuss matters of concern and attend workshop sessions on legal issues, being an advocate and helping kids through traumatic situations. 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

KidsCare is Back, Families Can Now Apply

July 27, 2016
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

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

July 11, 2016
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