Siblings of the 3-year-old boy whose skeletal remains were found Tuesday told investigators their mother starved their brother to death, court records reveal.
Gov. Jan Brewer greets her audience from the Arizona Capitol podium, where she gave her State of the State address. She’s flanked by Senate President Andy Biggs, left, and Speaker of the House Andy Tobin. Her speech opened the legislative session.
PHOENIX — A veteran state lawmaker wants voters to siphon cash away from a program for early-childhood development and redirect it to help fund services for foster children and the families that care for them.
PHOENIX — Arizonans looking for ways to divert some of what they owe the state to other causes have a new option this year: foster care.
Erica Baxter was nervous when she showed up at the low-income apartment complex in Oracle. Barely 18 and a high-school dropout, she’d spent her childhood bouncing between group home placements and various relatives scattered across Arizona. She felt alone and desperate for a place of her own.
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer is willing to give Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter the benefit of the doubt about his culpability in more than 6,500 complaints of child abuse going uninvestigated — at least for the time being.
While strung out on heroin, Anne Bissell spent hours, sometimes days, passed out in the bathroom or bedroom.
Pat Hatley wants to keep his small family together — but as a homeless dad, he worries every day that he might lose custody of his 10-year-old boy.
Happy Thanksgiving! It is a common greeting this time of year, but it will be hard to enjoy the holiday knowing that it won’t be happy — not for the thousands of Arizona children living in fear of abuse or neglect.
On top of whatever problems made them wards of the state, kids placed in foster care are twice as likely to drop out of school or be held back a grade as their peers.
"Education is the one thing people can't take away from you," says Judge Jane Butler of Pima County Juvenile Court. The court will be working with a new organization, FosterEd, to help foster children be successful in the classroom.
The number of children in foster care has increased by 33 percent in Pima County in the last year, leaving a "woefully and sadly inadequate" network to take care of them.
PHOENIX - State lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to allowing foster children to be placed in homes where other youngsters are not immunized, saying a loving home outweighs the health concerns.
Tawnya and Bruce Groen's days overflow with lesson plans, sippy cups and calls of "mom" and "dad."
Imagine young children being told to say goodbye to Mom and Dad for a while so they can go live with strangers in an unfamiliar neighborhood and attend a school where they don't know anyone.
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer is proposing an $8.9 billion spending plan for next year, including a first-in-the-nation system of tying state aid for public schools to academic performance, an increase of nearly $400 million.
A Child Protective Services office morphed into a children's shelter this weekend. Because there weren't enough beds in Pima County foster and group homes, eight or nine children ended up staying in a CPS office.
Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue volunteers say they desperately need temporary housing for homeless beagles until permanent homes for them can become available.