Child Welfare Stats
 


Child Welfare Statistics

Child Abuse in Arizona (6 month period)1

  • Child Abuse Hotline received 21,191 calls that met the statutory criteria for a DCS report.
  • Number of children in out-of-home care decreased from 14,022 to 12,546.
  • Majority of children in out-of-home care are from ages 1 to 5 years (5,078 or 40.5%)
  • Ethnicity majority of children in out-of-home care are Hispanic (28.2%) & Caucasian (27.2%)
  • African American children represent 5.0% of population yet 14.8% are in out-of-home care.
  • Children with an adoption case plan spend on average 30.6 months in out-of-home care.
  • 30% of children leaving foster care spent over 12 month in care.
  • Average number of placements was 2.6.  

1Arizona Department of Child Safety, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2020"; 2020 Kids Count Data Center.

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
 38.3%  44.5% 5.4% 5.2%  3.1% 3.8%
 27.2% 28.2% 8.4% 14.8% 1.0% 20.4%
82.7% 9.4% 0.4% 4.7%  2.8% 0.0%

1 2020 U.S. Census
2 Arizona Department of Child Safety Security, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022
3 2022 DCATS Statistical Report, CASA of Arizona

Comparative Ratio by Gender in Arizona
 Child Population1  Children in Care2  CASA Volunteers3
Gender Breakdown
Female 50.3% Female 49% Female 86%
Male 49.7% Male 51% Male 14%

1 2020 U.S. Census Estimate
2 2020 Kids Count Data Center
3 2022 DCATS Statistical Report, CASA of Arizona

Age Comparison of Children in Care in Arizona
Ages of Children in Care in Arizona

Arizona Department of Child Safety, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022"

Reason for Children in Care in Arizona
Reason for Children in Care in Arziona

Arizona Department of Child Safety, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022"

 

Length of Time in Out of Home Care in Arizona
Length of Time in Out of Home Care in Arizona

Arizona Department of Child Safety, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022"

Number of Placements Prior to Leaving DCS Custody in Arizona
Number of Placements Prior to Leaving DES Custody in Arizona

Arizona Department of Child Safety, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022"

Reasons Children Left DES Custody in Arizona
Reasons Children Left DES Custody in Arizona

Arizona Department of Child Safety, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022"

 

Child Deaths in Arizona

"In 2020, 838 children under 18 years of age died in Arizona. This is an  increase from 2019 when 777children died." 1

  • 157 child deaths involved drugs/alcohol
  • 207 children died as a result of prematurity
  • 95 children died as a result of abuse/neglect
  • 93 children died while in motor vehicle crash
  • 53 babies died in unsafe sleep environments
  • 53 children were victims of homicide
  • 49 children took their own lives
  • 22 children died by drowning
  • 51 children died by firearms

"Arizona Child Fatality Review Program, Twenty-Eight Annual Report, November 2021"

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