Foster Care in Arizona


This weekend, Dozens of children in Yuma County will be among the thousands of children across the country to finally have someplace to call home.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez has more.

Stephanie Sanchez

AZED-A recent lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of kids in the state foster care system shed some light on what life is like for kids who have been taken out of their homes and places in the state’s care.

Allegations of abuse and neglect and a lack of resources or foster homes in local communities are just some of what the lawsuit contends lead to bad outcomes for kids and families.

Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

Arizona Edition - Yuma and La Paz Counties have seen an increase in children entering foster care in the past decade.  There are now more than 300 children in the foster care system in the two counties alone and not nearly enough homes to shelter them. 

While the state’s Department of Family Safety (formerly known as Child Protective Services) struggles to reform following the recent scandal of more than 6,000 uninvestigated neglect and abuse reports, many of these foster children are being displaced due to a lack of resources.