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A solution: Voluntary parenting program breaks cycle of abuse, neglect

A solution: Voluntary parenting program breaks cycle of abuse, neglect

Alyson Trinidad can easily name her most horrific experience ever: the day seven and a half years ago when Child Protective Services took away her daughter Jennie, then 18 months old.

December 08, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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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.

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A solution: Family Drug Court helps parents face effects of childhood trauma

A solution: Family Drug Court helps parents face effects of childhood trauma

It took less than a year for Yesenia Campos’ life to fall apart after she started smoking crack in 2002.

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Childhood trauma creates a cycle that leads to kids being removed from their homes

Childhood trauma creates a cycle that leads to kids being removed from their homes

Children might end up in foster care after enduring abuse or neglect. Maybe a birth parent is an addict or has an untreated mental illness. Perhaps the children witnessed domestic violence.

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Parenting Q and A

Angela Chintis teaches the nurturing parenting series at Casa de los Niños. Previously she trained prospective foster and adoptive parents for Arizona’s Children Association.

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Spanking can lead to abuse, experts say

Spanking can lead to abuse, experts say

The piercing cries of a colicky baby, a toddler kicking and screaming as she struggles to express herself, a fourth-grader acting out at home because he is being bullied at school.

December 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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As need foster homes goes up, availability goes down

As need foster homes goes up, availability goes down

Foster children often arrive at their new homes with just the clothes on their backs, or maybe a garbage bag of belongings. But they all carry a history.

December 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Recruitment efforts aimed at nontraditional foster parents

Recruitment efforts aimed at nontraditional foster parents

Pima County has about five times as many foster children as foster homes, so local agencies are recruiting outside the core group of straight, married couples who make up most of the state’s foster families.

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Shelter seeks new summer clothes for kids

Shelter seeks new summer clothes for kids

Casa de los Niños cares for up to 48 children at a time.

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About this series

Arizona has seen a huge spike in kids placed in foster care, even as other states see declines. Nationally, the number of children in out-of-home care fell 18 percent between 2007 and 2012. Forty-one states saw a decrease. But in Arizona, the number of kids in out-of-home care soared 48 percent. Today, more than 15,300 children are in out-of-home care. Worst of all, this surge comes as fewer families are willing to be foster parents.

"Arizona's foster care crisis" examines the reasons for the spike, and what can be done to ease the crisis.

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