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Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

Foster Care System – Arizona

  • Lawsuit: Arizona’s neglect of foster kids shocking, By Mary Jo Pitzi, February 4, 2015, Arizona Republic: “Arizona’s neglect of children in foster care ‘shocks the conscience’ and amounts to official apathy toward the plight of nearly 17,000 children, a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court alleges. ‘It is time that someone gives voice to the thousands of children in foster care who have no say about where they live, where their siblings go, or what happens in their future,’ Kris Jacober, president of the Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents, said in a statement accompanying the suit…”
  • Don’t let foster-care lawsuit get us off track, Editorial, February 4, 2015, Arizona Republic: “It’s hard to be dispassionate after reading the stories that led to a class-action lawsuit against the state on behalf of nearly 17,000 children in foster care. Sobs or howls of anger come more easily. The lawsuit uses the state’s own data to show how children often remain in limbo after being shunted around multiple placements, separated from siblings and denied medical, dental, behavioral and mental-health treatment…”