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Question: Why is Arizona’s foster care system a mess?

Wow. Where do I start with this one? In 2010, Governor Brewer started conversations in the community declaring that Arizona’s foster system was entering into a crisis. More kids were coming into care leaving the resources to be more divided. At the time, there were approximately 10,000 kids in care.  With the economic downturn and increased neglect due to substance abuse, in just 5 years, that number exploded to 19,000 kids putting immense strain on the system. Arizona case managers carry some of the highest case loads in the country. The juvenile courts, parenting resources, and other crucial systems are backlogged. Available foster homes have not been able to match the need. With resources strained, it has taken longer to work the case plans with parents, leaving kids in the system for longer periods of time.


The Department of Child Safety needs the community to step up and help. If you are able to foster, there has never been a better time than now to get involved. Orientation is the first step! Check out available classes HERE :


If you are not at a place to foster, you still could make a difference! Here is a link to our blog “How Can I Help in Foster Care Without Being a Foster Parent”:


We all have the power to make a difference. One life at a time.


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1 Response

  1. marvel

    QUESTION: Once all paperwork has been submitted to DCS, how much additional time is needed to receive a foster care license? We decided to become foster parents because we heard that there was an immediate need but the approval process seems to indicate otherwise. We submitted over 4 weeks ago and still haven’t heard anything. I cringe at the thought that a child needs help and the system can’t stream-line a process that ensures approvals within 30 days.

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