Child Welfare Stats
© CASA of Arizona

Child Welfare Statistics


Child Abuse in Arizona (6 month period)1

  • Child Abuse Hotline received 22,265 calls that met the statutory criteria for a DCS report.
  • Number of children in out-of-home care increased from 14,461 to 14,767.
  • Majority of children in out-of-home care are from ages 1 to 5 years (6,132 or 42%)
  • Ethnicity majority of children in out-of-home care are Caucasian (31.1%) & Hispanic (31.5%)
  • African American children represent 5.0% of population yet 16% are in out-of-home care.
  • Children with an adoption case plan spend on average 28.7 months in out-of-home care.
  • 30.4% of children leaving foster care spent over 12 month in care.
  • Average number of placements was 3.4.  

1Arizona Department of Child Safety, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of January, 2021 through June 30, 2021"; 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
 38.1%  44.8% 4.7% 5.1%  3.1% 4.2%
 33.1% 31.5% 8.0% 16.9% 1.0% 12.3%
83.6% 8.8% 0.4% 4.3%  2.9% 0.0%
1 2020 Kids Count Data Center
2 Arizona Department of Child Safety Security, "Child Welfare Reporting Requirements Semi-Annual Report for the Period of January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021"
3 2021 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 84%
Male 49.7% Male 51% Male 16%
1 2020 U.S. Census Estimate
2 2020 Kids Count Data Center
3 2021 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, 2021 through June 30, 2021"


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, 2021 through June 30, 2021"


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, 2021 through June 30, 2021"


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, 2021 through June 30, 2021"


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, 2021 through June 30, 2021"


Child Deaths in Arizona

"In 2019, 777 children under 18 years of age died in Arizona. This is an  decrease from 2018 when 843 children died." 1

  • 119 child deaths involved drugs/alcohol
  • 170 children died as a result of pre-maturity
  • 100 children died as a result of abuse/neglect
  • 61 children died while in motor vehicle crash
  • 75 babies died in unsafe sleep environments
  • 59 children were victims of homicide
  • 38 children took their own lives
  • 19 children died by drowning
  • 36 children died by firearms

"Arizona Child Fatality Review Program, Twenty-Seventh Annual Report, November 2020"


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