CASA of Arizona

Child Welfare Stats
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Child Welfare Statistics


Child Abuse in Arizona (6 month period)1

  • Child Abuse Hotline received 23,579 calls that met the statutory criteria for a DCS report.
  • Number of children in out-of-home care decreased from 17,984 to 16,899.
  • Majority of children in out-of-home care are from ages 1 to 5 years (32.5%)
  • Ethnicity majority of children in out-of-home care are Hispanic (34.8%) & Caucasian (34.8%)
  • African American children represent 5.0% of population yet 15.4% are in out-of-home care.
  • Children with an adoption case plan spend on average 26.2 months in out-of-home care.
  • 33.3% children in foster care have been in out-of-home care for 13 to 24 months.
  • Average number of placements was 2.5; range for the number of placements was 1 to 57. 

1Arizona Department of Child Safety, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2016 through Mar. 31, 2017"; 2017 Kids Count Data Center.

Comparative Ratio by Ethnicity in Arizona
(Child Population1, Children in Care2, CASA Volunteers3)

Caucasian Hispanic Native American African American Asian Other
comparative Ratio by Ethnicity in Arizona
 40.0%  44.0% 5.0% 5.0%  3.0% 3.0%
 34.8% 34.8% 7.9% 15.4% 1.1% 6.0%
86.4% 7.2% .6% 4.1%  1.4% .3%
1 2016 Kids Count Data Center
2 Arizona Department of Child Safety Security, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2016 through Mar. 31, 2017"
3 2017 DCATS Statistical Report, CASA of Arizona


Comparative Ratio by Gender in Arizona
 Child Population1  Children in Care2  CASA Volunteers3
Gender Breakdown
Female 49% Female 49% Female 81%
Male 51% Male 51% Male 19%
1 2016 U.S. Census Estimate
2 2016 Kids Count Data Center
3 2017 DCATS Statistical Report, CASA of Arizona


Age Comparison of Children in Care in Arizona
Ages of Children in Care in Airzona
Arizona Department of Child Safety, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2016 through Mar. 31, 2017"


Reason for Children in Care in Arizona
Reason for Children in Care in Arziona
Arizona Department of Child Safety, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2016 through Mar. 31, 2017"


Length of Time in Out of Home Care in Arizona
Length of Time in Out of Home Care in Arizona
Arizona Department of Child Satety, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2016 through Nov. 31, 2017"


Number of Placements Prior to Leaving DES Custody in Arizona
Number of Placements Prior to Leaving DES Custody in Arizona
Arizona Department of Child Safety, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2016 through Mar. 31, 2017"


Reasons Children Left DES Custody in Arizona
Reasons Children Left DES Custody in Arziona
Arizona Department of Child Safety, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2016 through Mar. 31, 2017"


Child Deaths in Arizona

"In 2016, 783 children under 18 years of age died in Arizona. This is an  increase from 2015 when 768 children died.." 1

  • 107 child deaths involved drugs/alcohol
  • 162 children died as a result of prematurity
  • 82 children died as a result of maltreatment
  • 71 children died while in transit
  • 79 babies died in unsafe sleep environments
  • 42 children were victims of homicide
  • 38 children took their own lives
  • 27 children died by drowning
  • 36 children died by firearms

"Arizona Child Fatality Review Program, Twenty-Forth Annual Report, November 2017"


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