CASA of Arizona

Child Welfare Stats
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Child Welfare Statistics


Child Deaths in Arizona

"In 2012, 854 children under 18 years of age died in Arizona. This is an increase from 2011 when 837 children died.."1
  • 153 child deaths involved drugs/alcohol
  • 172 children died as a result of prematurity
  • 71 children died as a result of maltreatment
  • 88 children died while in transit
  • 51 babies died in unsafe sleep environments
  • 43 children were victims of homicide
  • 33 children took their own lives
  • 36 children died by drowning
  • 32 children died by firearms

"Arizona Child Fatality Review Program, Twentieth Annual Report, November 2013"


Child Abuse in Arizona (6 month period)1

  • Child Abuse Hotline received 22,956 calls that met the statutory criteria for a DCS report.
  • Number of children in out-of-home care increased from 15,037 to 15,751.
  • Majority of children in out-of-home care are from ages 1 to 5 years (34%)
  • Ethnicity majority of children in out-of-home care are Hispanic (36.4% & Caucasian (36.1%)
  • African American children represent 4.8% of population yet 13.6% are in out-of-home care.
  • Children with an adoption case plan spend on average 25 months in out-of-home care.
  • 24.8% children in foster care have been in out-of-home care for 13 to 24 months.
  • Average number of placements was 2.1, and the range for the number of placements was 1 to 42. 

1Arizona Department of Economic Security, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of Oct. 1, 2013 through Mar. 31, 2014"; 2010 U.S. Census Data


CASA Volunteers Making a Difference1

  • Assisted 19,101 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 920 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%
 36.1% 36.4% 8.3% 13.6% 0.9% 4.27
85.5% 8.4% .2% 4.7%  1.1% .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, 2013 through Mar. 31, 2014"
3 2014 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 85%
Male 51% Male 52% Male 15%
1 2010 U.S. Census
2 2014 DCATS Statistical Report, Foster Care Review Board
3 2014 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, 2013 through Mar. 31, 2014"


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, 2013 through Mar. 31, 2014"


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, 2013 through Mar. 31, 2014"


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, 2013 through Mar. 31, 2014"


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, 2013 through Mar. 31, 2014"

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