Pima County has about five times as many foster children as foster homes, so local agencies are recruiting outside the core group of straight, married couples who make up most of the state’s foster families.
Arizona has seen a huge spike in kids placed in foster care, even as
other states see declines. Nationally, the number of children in
out-of-home care fell 18 percent between 2007 and 2012. Forty-one states
saw a decrease. But in Arizona, the number of kids in out-of-home care
soared 48 percent. Today, more than 15,300 children are in out-of-home care.
Worst of all, this surge comes as fewer families are willing to be foster
"Arizona's foster care crisis" examines the reasons for the spike, and
what can be done to ease the crisis.