State of Arizona Archives: on Families & Children

Jan Brewer: Office of Child Welfare Investigations is first step

Our immediate challenge is to transform our child protection system to ensure the safety and well-being of Arizona's abused and neglected children. I know this: All of us care, and Arizona MUST do better. We created the Office of Child Welfare Investigations as an instrumental first step. Thanks to OCWI, we discovered the horrifying truth that some at CPS failed to investigate, or even respond to, thousands of reports of child abuse. This is unconscionable!

I created the independent CARE Team--to oversee the investigation of these cases and to identify areas of concern within CPS. I also ordered the Department of Public Safety to conduct an administrative review to determine why these cases were not investigated.

It is evident that our child welfare system is broken--impeded by years of structural and operational failures. It breaks my heart and makes me angry! Enough with uninvestigated reports of abuse and neglect! Enough with the lack of transparency! And ENOUGH with the EXCUSES!

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Arizona legislature Jan 13, 2014

Jan Brewer: Arizona's abused and neglected children need help

On behalf of Arizona's abused and neglected children, in 2011, I convened a Child Safety Task Force. Now, we've improved operations at Child Protective Services...Despite these efforts, there can be no doubt our system of child safety is under pressure. Arizona's abused and neglected children need help. The Executive budget will add 150 CPS caseworkers and boost foster care, adoption services and emergency placement of children needing rescue. Let's come together for the safety of our children. We cannot strike evil from the hearts of those who would harm an innocent child. But these common sense steps will help at-risk children get the assistance they need before it's too late.
Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Arizona Legislature Jan 14, 2013

Rick Santorum: Contraception for teens helps fix fracturing families

Q: You told an evangelical blog, if elected, you will talk about what "no president has talked about before--the dangers of contraception." Why?

SANTORUM: I was talking about a society with an increasing number of children being born out of wedlock, and teens who are sexually active. What we're seeing is a problem in our culture with respect to children being raised by children, children being raised out of wedlock, and the impact on society economically, the impact on society with respect to drug use and a host of other things when children have children. The family is fracturing. Over 40% of children born in America are born out of wedlock. How can a country survive if children are being raised in homes where it's so much harder to succeed economically? The left gets all upset. "Oh, look at him talking about these things." You know, here's the difference between me and the left, and they don't get this. Just because I'm talking about it doesn't mean I want a government program to fix it.

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Janet Napolitano: Reform and additional funds for Child Protective Services

Our most basic obligation to our children must be to ensure their safety, and that starts with a well-supported, well-run Child Protective Services. We wrapped up a productive special session, from which came sweeping procedural reform and additional funds to ensure that CPS has the resources it needs to investigate every reported case of abuse or neglect. CPS was empowered to hire more investigators, and existing employees were given long overdue pay increases.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Janet Napolitano: Investment for fewer abuse and neglect cases

Child Protective Services is now in a position to respond to emergencies, but the bigger challenge is preventing abuse before it escalates into a tragedy. The Legislature was right to establish Healthy Families in 1994, and it is time to build on this success story. My 2005 budget will contain a recommendation to double the Healthy Families budget, from $7.25 to $14.5 million. This relatively small investment promises big dividends-safer children, more capable parents, and fewer abuse & neglect cases.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Janet Napolitano: Establish a quality childcare rating system

We will work with private childcare providers and government agencies to establish a quality childcare rating system, identify tools and resources to meet standards of quality, and prepare information for parents to adequately evaluate those centers. I have asked the School Readiness Board to find new sources of public and private funding to help childcare providers ensure that they have adequate facilities and curricula to properly stimulate childrenís development.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Janet Napolitano: Resources to childcare assistance for low-income families

Parents cannot support their children if they donít work, and many cannot work without assistance with the cost of childcare. We make an investment in our children when we support quality childcare assistance for working parents who need it. We must devote more resources to childcare assistance for low-income working parents. My budget recommendation will include an additional $24 million to substantially reduce the number of families waiting for assistance.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Gary Bauer: Nazi salutes indicated problem at Columbine

At Columbine High School, Eric & Dylan came to school every day and they were giving each other the Nazi salute in the hallway. Nobody said anything to them, nobody sent them home, nobody took them to the principalís office. But if a teacher at Columbine had hung up the Ten Commandments, she would have been in the principalís office the same day. So, as a start when Iím president, there wonít be any more Nazi salutes in the public schools. And itís going to be OK to hang up the Ten Commandments again.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Steve Forbes: Donít raid unemployment funds for family leave

Q: Do low-income parents deserve short unpaid family leave, funded by unemployment benefits? A: All parents should have the opportunity to spend more time with their children. But credits from Washington raiding unemployment funds is not going to do the job. The real way you give parents freedom is to let them keep more of what they earn in the first place, and to have parents have control of the schools. Thatís the way to move forward instead of micro-managing with credits from Washington.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

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