Arizona foster care

Arizona Continues Record Pace of Taking Children out of Homes into State Custody – Now 1 of every 100 Children in Foster Care

Ever since the inception of in the fall of 2014, we have been reporting that the State of Arizona has the highest percentage of any other state in the U.S. in taking children out of their homes and putting them into foster care.

Are we to believe that there are more criminal, abusive parents in Arizona than anywhere else?

Reports show that these state-sponsored kidnappings are only getting worse in 2015. Local media reports [2] that the numbers are still rising.

Arizona State democrats have also criticized Republican Governor Doug Ducey in a recent blog post [1], noting that 1 in every 100 Arizona children is now in foster care.

Ask Ducey Why

By Arizona House Democrats [1]

The only thing more shocking than the number of Arizona children still in crisis is the governor’s failure to develop a concrete plan for fixing the year-old Department of Child Safety.  The Brewer administration created this department after disbanding the overwhelmed Child Protective Services, which left more than 6,000 reports [3] of abuse and neglect uninvestigated.

The creation of the Department of Child Safety was supposed to ensure that child safety was a priority in the state. It was tasked with reviewing the uninvestigated reports and working through a 14,762-case backlog and then focus on prevention services that help keep families from moving into crisis.  A year later, child safety services in Arizona remain in critical condition.  And some argue the situation has actually gotten worse:

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