In a couple of recent child abuse cases that include a child death, the abusers had been reported to or contacted before by the Arizona Department of Child Safety. Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts has followed this issue closely and will discuss the latest tragic cases.
United Food Bank is out with new numbers for child food insecurity rates in Arizona. Ginny Hildebrand, executive director of UFB, will tell us about the numbers that break down childhood hunger county by county.
With over 19,000 kids in foster care in Arizona, efforts are underway to recruit more foster parents, including single people and same-sex couples. Torri Taj, the CEO of Child Crisis Arizona, will tell us more.
Recent media coverage of children being removed from their homes because of drug use by parents shows the balance the Department of Child Safety is trying to strike between protecting children while respecting parental rights. That’s just one issue DCS director Greg McKay will talk about.
Childhelp is an organization that has programs to prevent child abuse and provide services to victims. Childhelp will have a raffle starting February 5 to raise funds. Benah Parker,
Childhelp National Director of Prevention Education, will tell us more about the organization and its mission.
#ImagineASolution is an effort to create a discussion of hunger in Arizona and to involve people in finding a solution. Five videos have been created to help do that. The first is a general overview of hunger featuring people like Congresswoman Kirsten Sinema, who struggled with hunger as a child. Cynthia Zwick, executive director of the Arizona Community Action Association, and Angie Rodgers, president and CEO of the Arizona Association of Food Banks, will tell us more.
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona provides services to kids living in group homes, treatment centers, child crisis centers and homeless shelters. Free Arts recently received a $250,000 grant to continue its work. Alicia Sutton Campbell, executive director of Free Arts, will tell us more about her organization.
Arizona is one of seven states that received a “No Child Left Behind” waiver. Leah Landrum Taylor, director of special projects for the Arizona Department of Education, will tell us more about the waiver for the program that requires states to develop educational assessments.
Hear from both sides regarding a lawsuit filed by the Goldwater Institute challenging parts of the Indian Child Welfare Act that requires American Indian children be placed in American Indian foster and adoptive homes. Clint Bolick, Goldwater’s vice president of litigation, will discuss his organization’s lawsuit along with April Olson of the Rothstein Law Firm in Tempe.
Continued problems with how the state is handling child-abuse cases are resulting in calls by one lawmaker for more safeguards when children are re-united with high-risk parents. Representative Kate Brophy McGee will tell us more about her plans.
A discussion will be held at the Arizona Science Center May 27 on how pop culture and the arts can be used to spark learning and the development of new technology. Science fiction writer Richard Peck will speak, along with his son Mason Peck, who was inspired by his father’s writings to become NASA’s chief technologist. Richard Peck and Brad Snyder, executive director for Arizona State University’s Dion Initiative for Child Well-Being and Bullying Prevention, which is helping put on the event, will tell us more.
The state legislature has created a new agency to deal with child abuse and neglect. Charles Flanagan, the director of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, will talk about the new organization and its mission.
The Children’s Action Alliance is urging the legislature to pass funding for child care vouchers during an upcoming special session, saying the vouchers are a proven method to prevent child abuse. Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of the alliance, will talk about the issue.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety released its report on Arizona’s Child Protective Services and five CPS officials were fired afterwards. Charles Flanagan, the director of the Department of Child Services and Family Safety, will discuss the report.
“Keeping Children Safe: Ask an Expert” is a show that will air on 8pm on Monday, April 21 on Eight Arizona PBS. During the show, viewers can call in and talk to an expert with their questions about child abuse and human trafficking. Leading up to that on Arizona Horizon, Maricopa County Juvenile Court presiding judge Colleen McNally will discuss the issue of child abuse in Arizona.
The CARE Team, formed by Governor Jan Brewer to look into uninvestigated child abuse cases, has issued its report. The 50-page report reveals that understaffing and lack of training led to the uninvestigated cases. Charles Flanagan, director of the new Child Safety and Family Services agency and head of the CARE Team, will discuss the report.
The state legislature’s Child Protective Oversight Committee heard from the director of the Department of Public Safety on its investigation on why child abuse cases were ignored. State Representative Debbie McCune Davis, who is a member of the oversight committee, talks about what was discussed at the meeting.
Governor Jan Brewer has created a team to provide oversight for the 6,000 child abuse cases not investigated by Child Protective Services. The Child Advocate Response Examination Team, or “CARE Team,” will also examine CPS to point out areas of concern. CARE Team chair and Director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, Charles Flanagan, and CARE Team member representative Kate Brophy McGee will talk about the organization and its goals.
Following the discovery of 6,000 uninvestigated child abuse cases, hundreds of people showed up at a forum in Phoenix Tuesday to talk about problems with Child Protective Services. The forum was spearheaded by the Children’s Action Alliance, and Beth Rosenberg, the director of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Policy for the Alliance, will discuss what people talked about at the forum.
The story of six-thousand child abuse cases not investigated continues to develop, with the
Governor forming a “CARE Team” to provide oversight in the investigation of those cases. Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts, who writes extensively on the issue of child abuse, talks about the latest development.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security, which oversees Child Protective Services, has come out with a plan to investigate over 6,000 uninvestigated child abuse cases by January 31. DES Director Clarence Carter says nearly 3,000 of those cases have already been reviewed. Over 1,700 have been sent to case workers. Mary Jo Pitzl of the Arizona Republic has been covering the story, and will bring us up to date on the report.
Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter revealed last week that over 6,000 cases of child abuse have not been investigated over the past four years. Child Protective Services Oversight Committee Co-chair Senator Nancy Barto and Representative Debbie McCune Davis, a member of the committee, will discuss the failure to investigate the cases.
A committee that is looking at ways to improve Child Protective Services met for the first time last week, more than a year after it was created. Lawmakers failed to appoint members to the committee in time to send a report to the Governor, but a bill this year resurrected the committee. Committee Co-chair Nancy Barto will discuss the group and talk about its goals.
Governor Jan Brewer has proposed nearly $78 Million in new funding for Child Protective Services. Dana Naimark, President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Action Alliance, will discuss the CPS funding proposal.
Lawmakers voted to give Arizona’s Child Protective Services money to hire 50 new case workers. Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter, who oversees CPS, will discuss how the new money will be implemented.
Maricopa County and its court system have come up with a new plan to deal with infants and toddlers who go through the child welfare system. The new system strives to help the parents of infants and toddlers with parenting skills and make sure that the babies receive the care they need. Judge Aimee Anderson will discuss the new “Cradle 2 Crayons Child Welfare Center.”
837 Arizona kids died last year according to the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program’s 19th annual report. The overall number of child deaths continues to decline, but homicides and suicides are on the rise. Find out more about the report from Will Humble, Director of the State Department of Health Services, and Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance.
Arizona’s Department of Economic Services is opening an Office of Child Welfare Investigations at the end of the year. The new unit will coordinate with statewide local law enforcement and CPS case managers on cases of severe child abuse and/or neglect from which criminal allegations or charges may arise. Learn more about it from DES Director Clarence Carter and veteran Phoenix Police Detective Gregory McKay, who was selected to lead the new investigative unit.
Starting August 2, Arizona law requires children riding in a motor vehicle to be seated in a child restraint system, such as a booster seat, until their 8th birthday or until they’re at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. AAA Arizona spokesperson Linda Gorman discusses the new law.
Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, discusses the 2012 KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that ranks Arizona in the bottom 5 states for child well-being.
As Arizona joins other states in seeking federal approval to opt-out of certain requirements of No Child Left Behind, Horizon takes a look at what Arizona is doing right, what it’s doing wrong, and what it must start doing to improve public education. Guests are: State Representative Heather Carter and AEA President Andrew Morrill.
Dana Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, discusses the 2011 Kids Count Data Book just released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and what it says about the well-being of children in Arizona.
Find out how state budget cuts to Medicaid, child care and cash assistance may affect Arizona’s most vulnerable populations. Guests include Jacki Taylor, CEO of Save the Family; Eddie Sissons, Executive Director of Arizona Foundation for Behavioral Health; and Timothy Schmaltz, director of the Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition.
Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts talks about instances when Arizona’s Child Protective Services fails to protect children in its care from further abuse. She discusses her struggle to gain access to records in cases of a fatality and near fatality that, if made public, can help hold the agency accountable by giving the public a better understanding of what went wrong.
This special edition of HORIZON takes a look at Child Protective Services, the state agency responsible for protecting children from abuse and neglect. The agency is often in the crosshairs of critics who say it goes too far or not far enough in protecting children. This program examines the agency's strengths and weaknesses as well as efforts to make it better.
A package of four bills aimed at improving Arizona's Child Protective Services agency have been passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Napolitano. The new rules open the records of children who have died or suffered serious injuries after contact with CPS and also open disciplinary records of state employees. Ken Deibert, director of the Department of Economic Security's Division of Children, Youth and Families, which oversees CPS, talks about how the agency will implement the changes.
Child Protective Services is the last resort for children who are in danger of being abused. Groups like Healthy Families attempt to keep kids out of the CPS system through a holistic approach with families.
State Representatives Jonathan Paton and David Bradley talk about legislative efforts to make Child Protective Services more accountable, in part by providing public access to CPS records about cases that result in a child fatality or near fatality.
In part two of our series about Arizona Child Protective Services, we examine problems of the system. We profile John Gray, father of four-year-old Haley, who died in the custody of her mother. Gray had been battling CPS to gain custody of his three children from his ex-wife. He has sought reforms at the state level and is now suing CPS for wrongful death. Arizona Republic editorialist Laurie Roberts joins us to talk about the many cases she has covered in her column.
Child Protective Services is constantly under public scrutiny as it carries out its job of protecting Arizona�s children. Find out about the challenges CPS faces as we begin a four-part series about the agency. Department of Economic Security Deputy Director Ken Deibert and Janice Mickens, program administrator for CPS, will talk about how the agency does its job and what it does.
Television stations across the state will participate in the simultaneous airing of the documentary Crystal Darkness. The film reveals the far-reaching problem of methamphetamine addiction. Sergeant Joel Tranter with the Phoenix Police Department joins us to talk about the documentary, the effects of meth use as well as the drug's relation to crime, and child abuse in Arizona.
state lawmakers have a bill that would make Arizona the first state to opt out of No Child Left Behind. If the bill is successful, Arizona would lose $600 million dollars in federal education funds. State Representative David Schapira will be on to talk about his bill.
state lawmakers are working on legislation to make certain records on child-welfare cases and court proceedings more accessible and to improve communications in Arizona's Child Protective Services. The proposals are part of a number of bills dealing with CPS.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Linda Scott, vice president of the Child & Family Solutions department for the Jewish Family and Children's Service, talks about the issues facing the community in connection with domestic violence.
Find out more. Visit http://www.wipeoutdomesticviolence.org
There are an estimated 100,000 abandoned mines in Arizona. One of them recently claimed the life of a child. State Mine Inspector, Joe Hart talks about what needs to be done to prevent additional tragedies.
state Representative David Lujan talks about House Bill 2325, that says courts shall not grant legal custody of a child to a parent who has engaged in polygamy and will continue to engage in child bigamy or polygamy in the future. Lujan also plans to introduce a bill to provide $500,000 to help shelter women and children in Phoenix and Flagstaff after they have left the fundamentalist church. Joining him will be Flora Jessop, who escaped Warren Jeffs' polygamous community in Colorado City.
Proposition 300 was put on the ballot by the legislature to expand proposition 200 which was passed 2 years ago to deny government services to illegal aliens. It would ban illegal immigrants from taking adult education classes offered by the Arizona Department of Education. It would not allow illegal immigrants to pay instate tuition at colleges. It would ban illegal immigrants from getting state financial aid or child care subsidies and requires that the measure be administered, discrimination-free.