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In Los Angeles County, the number of children in foster care increased from 42,894 in 1986 to approximately 75,000 in 2003.

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Arizona CPS News Archive

Arizona News Coverage

by Sean Holstege

It was five days before Christmas. Vanessa Martinez was moving in with her mom for the first time. She was 2 months old.

Three months later, investigators pulled her from a shallow desert grave off Interstate 10 near Eloy. She'd been there for two months. Nobody had reported her missing.

May 27, 2012

by Sean Holstege

Jorge Zamora-Rogel's mother called him "Ivan." She also called the 2-year-old boy something else: her miracle baby.

Doctors had told her he might not survive his birth because of a late-term complication. If he did, he stood a high chance of having Down syndrome. He was born perfectly healthy.

May 27, 2012

by Jon Johnson

A woman had her 3-year-old stepdaughter taken away from her by Child Protective Services on May 17. While the situation is a bad one, it is a better solution than what could have occurred.

The child was taken from Christy Sanders, 21, after she left her alone in a hot car while she tended to a medical appointment with her two younger biological children, ages 1 and 2. The reporting party walked past Sanders' car while it was parked in the lot of the Gila Valley Clinic at 1680 S. 20th Ave. at about 2:42 p.m. and noticed the child inside alone and crying.

May 22, 2012

by Jerome R. Corsi

A state official in Arizona has asked Hawaii for verification of the information on Barack Obama's birth certificate, the document that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's special investigative team has concluded may be a forgery.

Members of the Surprise, Ariz., Tea Party, who petitioned Arpaio to investigate Obama's eligibility, say they are awaiting word from the state secretary of state regarding whether Obama's name will be on the 2012 presidential ballot in Arizona.

May 16, 2012

Tucson police tell KGUN9 News the siblings of 6-year-old Isabel Celis, missing for 21 days, are now in the custody of one parent and the other parent is not allowed to see them.

TPD clarified the family's situation and custody matters late Friday night, but would not say which parent--Sergio or Rebecca--has custody. Lt. Fabian Pacheco told KGUN9 detectives, as recently as Thursday, "came into some information which they considered to be important enough to share with Child Protective Services.

May 12, 2012

by Patty Machelor

The number of abused and neglected children in state care has nearly doubled in Pima County over the past decade - even as funding to help them has dropped precipitously and the number of foster homes declined.

Statewide and locally, it is becoming more difficult to place children removed from their homes with families where they can experience some normalcy. Caseworkers are trying harder to place children with relatives, but it's not a simple solution. Tracking down extended family who might help can be challenging, and resources are scant. Group homes and shelters, meant to offer a temporary reprieve, are becoming long-term housing for many older children, sibling groups and teens.

May 1, 2012

by Deborah Stocks

The 5-year-old reportedly told his mother that his father had spanked him because he could not spell his name correctly.

El Mirage police say 29-year-old Derek Sarber was arrested after the boy's mother reported the child had severe bruising from a spanking.

April 28, 2012

by Dawn Alexander

The agency overseeing Arizona's child-welfare system says it's trying to efficiently use resources as child abuse reports are at an all-time high.

The Department of Economic Security, which oversees Child Protective Services, says an increase in child abuse calls is stressing workers' ability to manage cases.

April 28, 2012

by Alia Beard Rau

The Arizona Legislature spent Presidents Day at work, debating bills on taxes, Child Protective Services and law enforcement.

HB 2249: Establishes a Child Protective Services Oversight Committee, which would recommend improvements for CPS.

February 20, 2012

by Lauren Gilger, Charles Gorra and Brian Ross

The scars of childbirth were still healing on Amelia Reyes Jimenez's stomach in 2008 when police came to her Phoenix apartment and took her three-month-old daughter from her arms

Three and a half years later, Reyes Jimenez and her four children have become statistics in the U.S. crackdown on illegal immigration. Each year thousands of children of undocumented immigrants, like Amelia's kids, wind up in foster care when their parents are arrested for immigration violations. Some are even adopted by U.S. citizens while their parents are held in federal detention centers or deported back to their native countries.

February 1, 2012

by Laurie Roberts

Her name was Za'Naya and for the first 13 months of her life, she was safe. Then the state of Arizona sent her home. Now, nine months later, Za'Naya is dead, her 3-year-old brother is hospitalized and her mother is once again in jail.

As for Child Protective Services and the juvenile court system? A baby has slipped through their fingers and into her grave. Once again. Za'Naya Flores, just 21 months old, died on Thursday morning at her Tucson home, having been basically starved and injured in ways that would be unfathomable to most people. The Pima County Medical Examiner hasn't yet determined the cause of her death but it sounds like a case of death by reunification.

January 17, 2012

The expansion in public prekindergarten programs has slowed and even been reversed in some states as school districts cope with shrinking budgets. As a result, many 3- and 4-year-olds aren't going to preschool.

In Arizona, a block grant that funded prekindergarten for a small percentage of kids was cut altogether, although a separate public fund still supports some programs. In Georgia, a drop in state lottery dollars meant shaving 20 days off the prekindergarten school year. Proposed cuts in such programs have led to litigation in North Carolina and legislative battles in places like Iowa.

Fox News

January 17, 2012

by Mojopages

Lawmakers are prepared to grapple with Arizona's child-welfare agency in the wake of a series of highly publicized incidents where children were harmed despite abuse complaints being made to Child Protective Services.

Acting on recommendations from a task force, Gov. Jan Brewer has proposed adding more investigators and training and overhauling the hot line for abuse complaints. State legislators say they will consider funding for those recommendations and see what laws are needed to address them. The changes are meant to address several issues at Child Protective Services. The agency has had trouble filling open positions, staffers have a high turnover rate, and the backlog of cases has jumped, according to a report released by the agency in October.

January 15, 2012

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as a "Baby CASA" for 6-month-old "Nora."

Child Protective Services (CPS) removed Nora from her parents - who were then arrested - when she was found to have multiple broken bones in new and various stages of healing that doctors felt were not due to accidental trauma. The parents claimed to have no idea as to how these injuries had occurred, although they admitted that Nora had not been placed in the care of anyone else.

January 15, 2012

by Michelle Price

Lawmakers are prepared to grapple with Arizona's child-welfare agency in the wake of a series of highly publicized incidents where children were harmed despite abuse complaints being made to Child Protective Services.

Acting on recommendations from a task force, Gov. Jan Brewer has proposed adding more investigators and training and overhauling the hot line for abuse complaints. State legislators say they will consider funding for those recommendations and see what laws are needed to address them.

January 14, 2012

by Lisa Irish

A Prescott man who allegedly told police he was up all night smoking potpourri and bath salts faces possible child abuse charges after his 2-year-old son was found walking alone on a bridge on Dec. 23.

"The report was forwarded to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office for review of possible felony child abuse charges," said Prescott Police Lt. Andy Reinhardt, who added that the man has not been arrested or cited, and the possible charges could be determined later to be misdemeanors.

January 12, 2012

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From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Westside Chiropractic/Nutrition Healing Center, 8617 W. Union Hills Drive, Suite 100, in Peoria. Information will be discussed about taking control of your health and eating for optimum health.

January 11, 2012

TUCSON - The group tasked by Gov. Brewer with recommended reforms to Arizona's Child Protective Services organization has come back with a list of changes today they say will strengthen the system.

After three public meetings, presentations from 29 experts in the child protection field, and "throughtful review and consideration of the experiences of Task Force members, stakeholders and the general public," the Child Safety Task Force has the following recommendations...

December 31, 2011

by Amanda Hernandez and Jadiann Thompson

A report is expected today from the Arizona Child Safety Task Force on proposed changes to the state Child Protective Services.

The governor required that this task force made of members of law enforcement, the child protection system and the public create recommendations to better protect the children of Arizona by the end of this month. The recommendations are laid out in four main groups, the first asks for a change in the law which would give CPS workers more authority to see a child even when a parent does not want to allow them access.

December 30, 2011

Two Arizona parents were arrested by sheriff's deputies after apparently posting pictures on Facebook that showed their children, an infant and a toddler, bound with duct tape, authorities said on Thursday.

Coconino County deputies arrested Frankie Almuina, 20, and Kayla Almuina, 19, on suspicion of two counts of child abuse on Wednesday at their northern Arizona home after being alerted to the photos by an anonymous tip.

December 30, 2011

by Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, J.J. Hensley and Michael Kiefer

(Video Report) The DOJ accused the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office of racial profiling in traffic stops and immigration operations.

Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said at a packed news conference that the findings were not based on isolated incidents and not gleaned solely from statistics but about real people caught up in the sheriff's web of unconstitutional activity. The problem, Perez said, is rooted in a culture in the Sheriff's Office that breeds a culture of disregard for the constitution.

December 15, 2011

by Lisa Halverstadt

Case of missing Glendale 5-year-old full of twists and turns, Jhessye Shockley still has not been found nearly eight weeks after she was reported missing.

A massive search by authorities and outpouring of help from the public took a somber turn last week when authorities said they did not expect to find the 5-year-old alive. That came as police arrested the girl's mother on suspicion of child abuse involving Jhessye.

November 30, 2011

by Amanda Lee Myers

Police in the Phoenix suburb of Buckeye are coming under fire for a video posted online Friday that shows a grandfather unconscious on the floor of a Walmart.

The video shows 54-year-old Jerald Allen Newman unconscious and covered in blood after a police officer took him to the ground Thursday night. The man's wife and other witnesses say that Newman was trying to help his young grandson after the boy was trampled by shoppers.

CNS News

November 25, 2011

by Sybil Hoffman

It's a new record for Arizona and no one is happy about it. Seventy children died in 2010 from severe abuse. But experts have a plan to fight the disturbing trend.

The numbers don't lie. According to the Arizona Child Fatality Review Team's latest report, of the 70 children who died from maltreatment last year, Child Protective Services only knew about 18 of them and had launched investigations into five more. That means, 57 Arizona children were being abused and nobody knew it. "We're missing something; we're not doing something right," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

November 16, 2011

by Kathy Landin

A university professor in Arizona has been banned from eight McDonald's restaurants in her area, after she found dangerous bacteria in the children's play area.

Erin Carr Jordan received a hand-delivered letter from an attorney stating that she was no longer allowed to set foot in the specified McDonald's restaurants near Phoenix. The letter also threatened her with criminal trespassing charges if she did. Carr Jordan believes she received this notice because of an incident at a McDonald's in Gilbert, AZ in which she pointed out to the manager that she found an antibiotic-resistant bacteria, called MRSA, in its PlayPlace and then warned parents at the restaurant to clean and sanitize their children's hands.

October 31, 2011

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