CASA of Arizona

Child Welfare Stats
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Child Welfare Statistics


Child Deaths in Arizona

"A child death is a tragedy to the family, friends and their community. Arizona has seen a 29% decrease in child deaths since 2005. During 2011, 837 children younger than 18 years of age died in Arizona."1
  • 214 child deaths involved drugs/alcohol
  • 199 children died as a result of prematurity
  • 71 children died as a result of maltreatment
  • 70 children died while in transit
  • 64 babies died in unsafe sleep environments
  • 42 children were victims of homicide
  • 39 children took their own lives
  • 32 children died by drowning
  • 23 children died by firearms
  • 20 children died from infectious diseases

1Factsheet prepared by the Office of Injury Prevention, Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health November 2012. Complete fact sheet


Child Abuse in Arizona (6 month period)1

  • Child Abuse Hotline received 32,300 calls.
  • Number of children in out-of-home care increased from 14,111 to 14,314.
  • Majority of children in out-of-home care are from ages 1 to 5 years (34.5%)
  • Ethnicity majority of children in out-of-home care are Caucasian (36.9%) & Hispanic (36.7%)
  • African American children represent 4.8% of population yet 14.1% are in out-of-home care.
  • Children with an adoption case plan spend on average 1 year 11 months in out-of-home care.
  • 24.6% children in foster care have been in out-of-home care for 13 to 24 months.
  • Average number of placements was 2.4, and the range for the number of placements was 1 to 50. 

1Arizona Department of Economic Security, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2012 through Mar. 31, 2013"; 2010 U.S. Census Data


CASA Volunteers Making a Difference1

  • Assisted 18,203 children to find a safe and permanent home.
  • Spent over 1.2 million hours serving Arizona's abused and neglected children.
  • Driven over 8.8 million miles to visit and assist foster children in Arizona.

1Numbers are a running total since the program began in 1985. We currently have 860 CASA Volunteers serving through out the fifteen counties in Arizona.


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
 41.6%  43.4% 5.6% 4.8%  2.2% 2.4%
 36.9% 36.7% 7.2% 14.1% 0.9% 4.2%
85.2% 8.3% .1% 5.2%  1.4% .0%
1 2010 U.S. Census
2 Arizona Department of Economic Security, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2012 through Mar. 31, 2013"
3 2013 DCATS Statistical Report, CASA of Arizona


Comparative Ratio by Gender in Arizona
 Child Population1  Children in Care2  CASA Volunteers3
Gender Breakdown
Female 49% Female 48% Female 84%
Male 51% Male 52% Male 16%
1 2010 U.S. Census
2 2012 DCATS Statistical Report, Foster Care Review Board
3 2013 DCATS Statistical Report, CASA of Arizona


Age Comparison of Children in Care in Arizona
Ages of Children in Care in Arziona
Arizona Department of Economic Security, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2012 through Mar. 31, 2013"


Reason for Children in Care in Arizona
Reason for Children in Care in Arziona
Arizona Department of Economic Security, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2012 through Mar. 31, 2013"


Length of Time in Out of Home Care in Arizona
Length of Time in Out of Home Care in Arziona
Arizona Department of Economic Security, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2012 through Mar. 31, 2013"


Number of Placements Prior to Leaving DES Custody in Arizona
Number of Placements Prior to Leaving DES Custody in Arizona
Arizona Department of Economic Security, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2012 through Mar. 31, 2013"


Reasons Children Left DES Custody in Arizona
Reasons Children Left DES Custody in Arziona
Arizona Department of Economic Security, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2012 through Mar. 31, 2013"

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