Court Improvement is committed to the safety, permanency, and well-being of Arizona’s foster children. We are proud of our collaborative work with all 15 County Superior Courts. We are actively engaged with the legal, child welfare, and service communities and are constantly looking for ways to do our common work more effectively. Court Improvement is focused on positive outcomes for the children and families involved in Arizona’s dependency court system.
September is National Kinship Care Month
Kinship care is recognized as the full-time protection and nurture of children by relatives, members of their Tribes or clans, godparents, stepparents, fictive kin or non-related extended family members. The definition is inclusive and respectful of cultural values and ties of affection. Whether formally through child protective services or informally through family arrangements, kinship care aims to reduce the trauma of family separation and provide cultural and community ties. Within this definition there are two populations of kinship families:
- informal, where children live with grandparents or other relatives and are not in the custody of a public child welfare agency;
- formal, where children are in the care of a relative or non-related extended family member and in the custody of a public child welfare agency.
Whether informally arranged among family members or formally supported by the child welfare system, it is essential to affirm and support the considerable contributions of kinship caregivers.