Children's rights are not optional.
Accountability is affordable.
Some solutions may require budgeting changes, but most recommendations only require more flexible use of current foster care funding. Our Coalition offers solutions regarding the development and improvement of current procedures coupled with increased accountability for Arizona foster care.
Overcapacity is costly.
Overcapacity, grave deficiencies in training, and a critical lack of accountability have resulted in too many children languishing in foster care, and too many children returning to dangerous environments, and too many children re-entering the foster care system multiple times. All of these problems lead to more children being abused and more tax dollars wasted.
"Under new management"
is not enough.
Arizona child safety administrators have been replaced twice within the last 2 years. However, accountability must be created at every level, from front line workers to the very top.
Reform must also be made across all branches of government and state agencies that are responsible for the well being of children in foster care, including the backlogged court system, the dysfunctional Attorney General's Office, the Department of Health Services, and the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.
A child can't wait
for another trajedy.
Historically, accountability for child safety has only been addressed during times of public outrage, and the focus has almost exclusively been on Arizona's child safety agency. Few take a comprehensive look at the entire system of government and contracted providers responsible for meeting the needs of Arizona's foster children.
All three branches of government, multiple state agencies, and contracted service providers continue to fail Arizona foster children.
The gritty details:
Read our full report.
Our full report on Arizona foster care describes in detail how all three branches of government are failing children in Arizona foster care, including multiple government agencies and private government contractors. Our report is broken down into specific problems, and each description of a problem is accompanied by a specific solution. More than 365 recommended actions are included—most require little or no money and no legislation to implement.
Our 10-Point Reform Plan
We appreciate the need to avoid tax increases. Several of our major recommendations will reduce foster care expenses. Often, providing children in foster care with the necessary services has proven to create direct, immediate savings in cost, usually by keeping kids out of expensive institutions, making the system more efficient, and moving children out of foster care faster.
Sign the Petition: Children Need Transition Planning
Imagine being a child in a safe, stable, loving home, then ripped away the next moment. This is a regular occurence in Arizona foster care.
Many foster children live in fear of being moved again with no warning, never knowing if they will be sent to a safe home or an unsafe home. Many foster care alumni report PTSD reactions to white passenger vans well into adulthood.
Transition planning is the policy, but it is not the reality. The practice of ripping foster children from stable environments where they feel safe must end immediately, and a mandate must be made that DCS staff follow transition procedures. Traumatized children deserve appropriate transition planning before every move, whether being reunited with birth family or being sent to a new home where everyone and everything is new.
No matter where you live, you can sign this petition and stand up for the rights of children in foster care.