Child Welfare
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Child Welfare





"What the wisest parent would want for its child, this is what the community should desire for all its children." (John Dewey)

THE PROBLEM:

In Arizona during the last reporting period of Oct. 1, 2012 - Mar. 31, 2013 there were 22,161 calls to the Child Abuse Hotline which met statutory criteria for a CPS report. The calls inform CPS of the potential abuse or neglect of a child or children. There was a 8.3 percent increase of cases being investigated during the same reporting period a year ago. (DES Semi-Annual Report, 8/13) 

CPS investigates these calls to determine whether the children can safely remain in the home, whether services to the family can be offered, and/or whether the children need to be removed from the home to keep them safe.

SOME FACTS:

As of March 31, 2013 there were 14,314 Arizona children in out-of-home care - in relative placement, foster homes, group homes, shelters or residential treatment centers. This is a 1.4% increase from the prior reporting period. (DES Semi-Annual Report, 8/13)

During a six month period of time (Oct. 1, 2012 to Mar. 31, 2013) 2,534 children exited the system to family reunification (increase of 23.4%), 1,270 children exited to adoption (increase of 23.9%) and  341 children exited to guardianship (increase of 17.6%). (DES Semi-Annual Report, 8/13)

African American children represent 4.8% of population yet 14.1% are in out-of-home care. (2010 U.S. Census & DES Semi-Annual Report, 8/13)

There are currently 902 CASA Volunteers in Arizona serving 1,422 dependent children. Only 1 of of 9 foster children in Arizona has a CASA Volunteer. The need for more CASA Volunteers is critical.

CONCLUSION:

Reform is needed to prevent the large number of children in care as well as serving children in care. Disproportionality of children in care needs to be addressed. Diversity and inclusiveness education must be an integral part of this effort.

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