The faces of foster care

Two years after state budget cuts, stories of struggle and success show the human side of Pima County’s foster-care system.

Abused kids' numbers soar as foster funding is slashed

Abused kids' numbers soar as foster funding is slashed

The number of abused and neglected children in state care has nearly doubled in Pima County over the past decade - even as funding to help them has dropped precipitously and the number of foster homes declined.

Blue Ribbon celebration benefits foster children

This year, 2,600 balloons will be released: One for every child in foster care in Pima County. The 2011 Blue Ribbon-Heart Gallery Celebration benefiting these foster children will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Thoroughbred Nissan, 5163 E. 22nd St.

Foster parents pay it forward

Foster parents pay it forward

After moving to Tucson from Milwaukee, where she'd raised three children, Cynde O'Shea found her house was too quiet.

'They're a big part of why I am the person I am today'

'They're a big part of why I am the person I am today'

When Daniela Preciado was 14, she shared her unimaginable story with Dan Rather on a CBS special, "Class of 2000."

Determined to make it on their own

Determined to make it on their own

During his most difficult moments, it isn't the unemployment or the threat of homelessness that bothers Jesus Romero most.

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