Hearing Their VoicesFebruary 1, 2008
Arizona Juvenile Courts play a critical role in the lives of abused and neglected children when they enter foster care.
The court processes for these cases are called dependency proceedings because children who ultimately need the
protection of the court are deemed “dependent children.” Many decisions in a dependent child’s life from the time
of entry into foster care to the moment of departure from the system are overseen by the court. Courts
determine whether children will enter foster care, how often they will be moved from placement to placement once
they enter care, whether they will see their siblings and other family members while in care, when they will leave the system, and where they will go once they leave.
This report details the current processes for dependent children and proposes some areas for improvement.