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Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

We promote policies that support communities and families and prevent children from entering a child welfare system—including the juvenile justice system. When system-involvement is necessary, we aim to ensure that resources are available within communities so that families and children can get the help they need where they live and avoid unnecessary separation through foster care or juvenile justice involvement.

Through policy and advocacy, we strive to ensure that the child welfare and juvenile justice systems are informed by data, utilize best practices, provide culturally relevant services, and confront inequity. Many of our efforts are directed toward families and youth who most often experience the poorest outcomes, including people of color, older youth, expectant and parenting youth, and LGBTQ+ young people. We work to advance policies that allow all children impacted by system involvement to heal, grow, and succeed.

14,000

Children in foster care in Arizona.

51%

Of foster children in Arizona are placed with grandparents and other kin. This is higher than the national rate of 32%.

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In Arizona, Black children are 4 times more likely than White children to enter foster care.

2022 Priorities

Our child welfare and juvenile justice legislative priorities are to:

  1. Bring kinship care stipend to parity with foster care supports
  2. Reduce barriers to licensure for foster care and kinship care providers
  3. Increase the independent living subsidy provided to youth in extended foster care
  4. Reduce or eliminate juvenile court fines and fees

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May is National Foster Care Month: 5 Ways to Show Your Support

May is National Foster Care Month! CAA and its partner Fostering Advocates Arizona (FAAZ), a group of policy advocates with lived expertise, are using the month to raise awareness about the needs of transition-age foster youth. Here are 5 things you can do to help!    Read and share the Presidential…

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CAA and FAAZ Seek Increased Supports for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care

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2022 Governor's Budget Hits & Misses

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Governor Proposes Pathway to Parity for Foster Children Placed with Kin

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Thousands of Kinship Foster Parents Receive Pandemic Relief