The Children's Village of Arizona, Inc. offers an important and innovative alternative
within the continuum of out-of-home placement options for foster children, by providing
children with the type of stable, loving and safe environment closest to the real family
that most have never known.
Across the nation, children entering the child welfare systems have historically waited
long periods of time for their families to resolve long-time problems. There is evidence of
more family dysfunction, greater drug and alcohol use, greater family violence – and,
therefore, greater trauma to children in the system.
With the implementation of the
Adoption and Safe Families Act, a renewed effort to ensure children have permanency
has been launched.
In response to these changing conditions, the child welfare systems
are focused on finding permanency for children.
While most children (63%2) spend less
than two years in foster care in Arizona, there are children for whom returning to the birth
family or adoption are not immediate options.
Many of these children will remain in the
foster care system until they reach adult hood.
The children who remain in foster care can expect to have multiple placements during
The Arizona Foster Care Review Board reported in their 2000 report that 38%
of the children in foster care had 3 or more placements.
In Arizona, 6,121 children were
in foster care as of September 30, 2001.
Over one thousand (1,000) of the children
were living in group homes and over 2,500 were living in foster homes.
|DES Foster Children
by Type of Placement
||Number of Children
With a Relative
Family Foster Home
Residential Treatment Center
Trail Home Visits
Source: ADES, 01-27-02
Arizona, like most states, does not have a sufficient number of qualified, available home
placements for its children. The philosophical approach at both the federal and state
levels today is toward permanence and relative placement for children, yet there are a
number of children who, for a variety of reasons, will not have a family of their own in the
near future. In many cases, these children are older, have been in foster care for longer
periods of time, have no family ties, are part of a sibling group and/or have significant or
multiple special needs such as behavioral health, medical conditions, or developmental
The Children's Village of Arizona offers a unique set of services which promote a high
quality, home environment that provides a sense of permanency – no more multiple
placements - for children who cannot be with their birth families or relatives and for
whom adoption is not imminent. Additionally, Children's Village of Arizona, Inc. places
great value on sibling relationships and has committed to provide alternatives that
support brothers and sisters remaining together.
2ADES, Child Welfare Reporting Requirements,
Semi-annual Report, April 2001 September 2001, p. 22
2002 Children's Village of Arizona, Inc.
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