Arizona Judicial Branch


The Dependency Process


Missing Children, State Care, and Child Sex Trafficking: Engaging the Judiciary in Building a Collaborative Response 

Certified Child Welfare Law Specialists – A First for Arizona

Fourteen Arizona attorneys were recently certified as Child Welfare Law Specialists.  Offered by the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) and recognized by the State Bar of Arizona, this certification acknowledges their significant experience and knowledge of the child welfare process. Court Improvement is proud to support these attorneys as they raise the bar for child welfare representation! 

  • Article - Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist 

  • The National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues 

  • Health Care Toolkit



Behavioral Health



Immigration Issues

  • Practical Guidance for the Juvenile Dependency Process Related to Parents Detained by ICE  
  • Immigrant parents and their children involved in both child welfare and immigration proceedings are subject to timelines and requirements imposed by separate and sometimes disparate systems. This guidance document is provided to help practitioners better assist parents who are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It is intended to promote expedited and enhanced communication between parents detained by ICE and their CPS team, juvenile court personnel, and their children in foster care.