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Court advocate program hosts coffee info sessions

Court advocate program hosts coffee info sessions

Court Appointed Special Advocates help children in the foster care system. 

July 27, 2014 8:15 pmLoading…
Iggy and Isa need a home

Iggy and Isa need a home

 Isa and Iggy are two of the cutest pups you'll ever meet — maybe a mix of pug/boxer or some-such.

June 27, 2014 8:13 amLoading…

Volunteers needed to boost foster kids' education

FosterEd aims to assist the thousands of children in foster-care situations by using advocates to guide them through their educational needs.

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Brewer signs bill creating new child-welfare agency

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer signed groundbreaking legislation Thursday to create and fund a new Department of Child Safety, at least in part to solve problems that she may have helped create.

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Arizona governor signs legislation creating new child welfare agency

PHOENIX — State lawmakers voted today to scrap what has been Child Protective Services and replace it with an entirely new state agency.

May 29, 2014 10:09 amLoading…

Arizona senators tentatively OK $63 million to get Department of Child Safety started

PHOENIX — State senators gave preliminary approval Wednesday to creating a new Department of Child Safety and providing $63 million in new funding to get it started.

May 28, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…
Lack of interest in foster program event doesn’t diminish the need

Lack of interest in foster program event doesn’t diminish the need

Cookies were uneaten, brochures went untouched Saturday at an open house for potential foster parents, but the lack of attendance didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Nancy and Steve Boccardo, who waited patiently to speak with anyone interested in the program.

May 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Brewer asks legislators for $60M in funds for child welfare agency

Brewer asks legislators for $60M in funds for child welfare agency

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer asked lawmakers today to approve nearly $60 million in immediate new funds to create a new child welfare agency and revamp how Arizona handles abuse and neglect complaints.

May 22, 2014 12:48 pmLoading…
Child abuse prevention focus of Tucson event

Child abuse prevention focus of Tucson event

The 10th annual March for Children, which helps bring awareness to the issue of child abuse and highlights the local agencies and individuals that work to keep children safe, and the Casa de los Niños family fiesta drew about 2,000 people to Reid Park Sunday morning. 

April 13, 2014 5:26 pm Photos

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Siblings tell Tucson police mother starved son, 3

Siblings tell Tucson police mother starved son, 3

Siblings of the 3-year-old boy whose skeletal remains were found Tuesday told investigators their mother starved their brother to death, court records reveal.

March 06, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Brewer moves to abolish CPS, create new cabinet-level agency

Brewer moves to abolish CPS, create new cabinet-level agency

Gov. Jan Brewer greets her audience from the Arizona Capitol podium, where she gave her State of the State address. She’s flanked by Senate President Andy Biggs, left, and Speaker of the House Andy Tobin. Her speech opened the legislative session.

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Lawmaker wants to divert funding for kids programs to foster care

PHOENIX — A veteran state lawmaker wants voters to siphon cash away from a program for early-childhood development and redirect it to help fund services for foster children and the families that care for them.

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New Ariz. tax credit for donations to foster care groups

PHOENIX — Arizonans looking for ways to divert some of what they owe the state to other causes have a new option this year: foster care.

December 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Kids in need, distress find doors, hearts open at home in Oracle

Kids in need, distress find doors, hearts open at home in Oracle

Erica Baxter was nervous when she showed up at the low-income apartment complex in Oracle. Barely 18 and a high-school dropout, she’d spent her childhood bouncing between group home placements and various relatives scattered across Arizona. She felt alone and desperate for a place of her own.

December 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Brewer: Probe will determine blame for unchecked CPS cases

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer is willing to give Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter the benefit of the doubt about his culpability in more than 6,500 complaints of child abuse going uninvestigated — at least for the time being.

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Parental substance abuse the main reason kids end up in foster care

Parental substance abuse the main reason kids end up in foster care

While strung out on heroin, Anne Bissell spent hours, sometimes days, passed out in the bathroom or bedroom.

December 09, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Arizona sees spike in kids placed in foster care

Arizona sees spike in kids placed in foster care

Pat Hatley wants to keep his small family together — but as a homeless dad, he worries every day that he might lose custody of his 10-year-old boy.

December 08, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Victoria Steele: CPS crisis cannot wait; Governor should call special session

Victoria Steele: CPS crisis cannot wait; Governor should call special session

Happy Thanksgiving! It is a common greeting this time of year, but it will be hard to enjoy the holiday knowing that it won’t be happy — not for the thousands of Arizona children living in fear of abuse or neglect.

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Court's program aims to help foster kids succeed in school

Court's program aims to help foster kids succeed in school

On top of whatever problems made them wards of the state, kids placed in foster care are twice as likely to drop out of school or be held back a grade as their peers.

July 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Court's program aims to help foster kids succeed in school

Court's program aims to help foster kids succeed in school

"Education is the one thing people can't take away from you," says Judge Jane Butler of Pima County Juvenile Court. The court will be working with a new organization, FosterEd, to help foster children be successful in the classroom.

July 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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