Arizona's Foster Children
It is a sad fact that as of December 31, 2013 there are over 15,100 children in foster care in the state of Arizona. These children desperately need our love and support. The Arizona Republic published these alarming statistics about the plight of foster children in Arizona from reports by Arizona Child Protective Services (CPS):
Arizona leads the nation in the number of children per capita in group or shelter care. 600 children a month are removed from their homes, and the number is growing at a rate of 100 per month.
1,300 children waiting in emergency shelters for a family more than three weeks.
CPS caseload average of 26.7 exceeds national standards (15) by 78%
CPS staff turnover is 20% and the vacancy rate among case managers was 17%.
The Children’s Defense Fund reports that one child in Arizona is abused every 2 hours with child neglect the most prevalent form of child maltreatment. It is believed that once neglected and maltreated children are removed from the abusive environment they are living in, life becomes better for them and they can look forward to a “normal” childhood. This is not always the case. When a child goes into state protective custody and into foster care, a whole new world of problems opens up for them as they find themselves helpless and isolated from their family and siblings. This challenging journey through foster care often results in multiple moves that further impact the child’s healthy development through family instability, emotional trauma and inconsistent care giving.
Arizonans for Children is dedicated to improving this deplorable situation. By supporting AFC, you can help improve the lives of these children and make our community a better place for all of us to live. Learn more >>