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Court lets class-action suit proceed against state for foster care

A divided federal appeals court Friday ruled that a class-action lawsuit over the state’s care of foster children can proceed against the Arizona Department of Child Safety and the state’s Medicaid agency.... Read more»

Foster care children aging out of Arizona system need transitional help

There are state programs and charitable agencies aimed at helping youth as they age out of foster care, but only about one-quarter of them take advantage, according to Beverlee Kroll, an independent living and youth services manager for the Department of Child Safety. “... Read more»1

Capitol roundup: KidsCare, reporters return, bill updates

Legislators still have not presented their response to the budget. Instead the major news at the Capitol this week revolved around the House of Representatives temporarily suspending new security protocols that barred reporters from the floor.... Read more»

Families claim they were falsely accused of child neglect or abuse

Barrio Defense Committee is helping the families fight what they claim are false accusations of child abuse and neglect reported by the hospital and investigated by the child safety department.... Read more»

Capitol roundup: Elections, protests, arrests, DCS and bill updates

A bill that prohibits the release or deportation of undocumented immigrants before serving at least 85 percent of sentence for crimes was signed by Gov. Ducey on Thursday, while a bill which allows people with an out-of-state driver’s license to purchase alcohol with a vertical ID for as long as it is valid still needs his signature... Read more»

Nearly 12k abuse cases languish, kids dying without action

The Department of Child Safety has failed to resolve nearly 12,000 cases of alleged abuse or neglect that have been open for at least 60 days without an investigation or services being provided to a potential victim. In some cases, children may have died because of it, records show.... Read more»

Arizona foster-care cases rose over decade, as national numbers fell

Arizona saw the number of kids in its foster care system rise significantly from 2002-2012, a time when most other states were posting sharp drops in their foster care rolls, according to new federal data. Advocates said the numbers are more evidence of a state foster care system in crisis, one that has been “overworked and overwhelmed” as budgets have been cut.... Read more»