"What the wisest parent would want for its child, this is what the community should desire for all its children." (John Dewey)
In Arizona during the last reporting period of Apr. 1, 2014 - Sep. 30, 2014 there were 25,076 calls to the Child Abuse Hotline which met statutory criteria for a DCS report. The calls inform DCS of the potential abuse or neglect of a child or children.(DES Semi-Annual Report, 1/15)
DCS 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.
As of September 30, 2014 there were 16,990 Arizona children in out-of-home care - in relative placement, foster homes, group homes, shelters or residential treatment centers. This is a 7.9% increase from the prior reporting period. (DES Semi-Annual Report, 1/15)
During a six month period of time (Apr. 1, 2014 to Sep. 30, 2014) 2,722 children exited the system to family reunification (increase of .2%*), 1,552 children exited to adoption (decrease of .5%*) and 280 children exited to guardianship (decrease of .1%*). *Compared to last reporting period.(DES Semi-Annual Report, 1/15)
African American children represent 4.8% of population yet 13.9% are in out-of-home care. (2010 U.S. Census & DES Semi-Annual Report, 1/15)
There are currently 931 CASA Volunteers in Arizona serving 1,622 dependent children. Only 1 out of 10 foster children in Arizona has a CASA Volunteer. The need for more CASA Volunteers is critical.
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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