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Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

We promote policies that support communities and families and prevent children from entering a child welfare system—including the juvenile justice system. When system-involvement is necessary, we aim to ensure that resources are available within communities so that families and children can get the help they need where they live and avoid unnecessary separation through foster care or juvenile justice involvement.

Through policy and advocacy, we strive to ensure that the child welfare and juvenile justice systems are informed by data, utilize best practices, provide culturally relevant services, and confront inequity. Many of our efforts are directed toward families and youth who most often experience the poorest outcomes, including people of color, older youth, expectant and parenting youth, and LGBTQ+ young people. We work to advance policies that allow all children impacted by system involvement to heal, grow, and succeed.


Children in foster care in Arizona.


Of foster children in Arizona are placed with grandparents and other kin. This is higher than the national rate of 32%.


In Arizona, Black children are 4 times more likely than White children to enter foster care.

2023 Priorities

Our child welfare and juvenile justice legislative priorities are to:

  1. Establish a coordinated and collaborative statewide effort to review and reform Arizona’s mandated reporting system.
  2. Ensure foster children placed with kin receive the same level of support as they would get in a community foster home.
  3. Promote and protect the entitlement to participate in extended foster care for youth who age-out.
  4. Immediately end policies that leave children and families with fewer resources due to system involvement.

Read the latest


Governor Hobbs Signs Bill Eliminating Administrative Fees in Juvenile Court 

Persistence pays off! On May 26th, after 3 years of advocacy, Governor Hobbs eliminated the burdensome administrative fees routinely levied on children involved in the juvenile court system when she signed SB 1197 into law.  No longer will youth and their families be charged administrative fees for…


Fostering Youth Transitions Report Released During National Foster Care Month


Arizona poised to end seizure of benefits owed to foster children


The Importance of Federal Spending for Children


Passage of SB 1050 is a First Step in Rethinking Neglect