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Adilynn Shook hasn’t even reached seven months of life yet, but the small child with multiple wires wrapped around her body has gone through far more medical procedures than many adults will experience in their entire lives. But despite all the tests, surgeries, checkups and symptoms which will continue to arise throughout her life, the perpetually sick child rarely loses her energy and a sweet smile that lightens the soul.
The embattled director of the Department of Economic Security said Tuesday that his agency has been telling the governor, lawmakers and everyone else for years that some complaints of child abuse were not being investigated.
When he was a young boy, Mesa Mayor and native Scott Smith remembers what it was like being a child growing up in the fun-filled environment of downtown Mesa. He now looks to the future as he and the city plan for the new urban environment he knows downtown Mesa can eventually become.
The Big Attack
Hundreds of parents, foster parents, current and former Child Protective Services (CPS) employees and child advocates showed up Tuesday night when the public had a chance to offer constructive ideas to five members of the CPS Oversight Committee.
Saying Child Protective Services has been “hiding or not disclosing” information, Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday a special panel of current and former legislators and outsiders to take a closer look at the agency.
I can’t imagine being a Child Protective Services caseworker. But I can imagine why most of those men and women went into those jobs: an idealistic view that their work could make a difference in children’s lives, maybe save some kids from horrible fates, maybe find ways to change a dysfunctional family into a loving one.
Does anyone even care that 6,000 cases of reported neglect and abuse went un-investigated by Child Protective Services Special Welfare Assessment Team at the Arizona Department of Economic Security?
PHOENIX — A pediatric surgeon and a public interest research group are warning shoppers to consider when shopping for toys this year that if something can fit into a baby's mouth, it will go in the mouth.
PHOENIX — Close to one out of every 12 complaints of child abuse since January were not investigated because Child Protective Services workers simply decided, based on the information from a phone call, that they were not important enough to follow through.
While attending Prescott Valley High School in 2009, Mirannda Hays was in search of a topic for a research paper on developmental disabilities. The week of the assignment, Hays’ 6-year-old cousin was diagnosed with autism and her research topic suddenly became clear.
If you travel with your dog and prefer small inns and B&Bs over chain hotels, it can be frustrating that so few allow pets. If you listen to some innkeepers' stories, though, you may wonder why any of them do.
WASHINGTON — Some schools are letting kids with live lice in their hair back in the classroom, a less restrictive policy that has parents scratching their heads.
LOS ANGELES — While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think specially trained dogs should take point in preventing violence in schools.
What does good dental hygiene look like for children?
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — David Hall was afraid of his own son. They were getting into violent, physical fights requiring police intervention. Fearing the teen would end up in juvenile detention, Hall had his son hauled away in handcuffs and shackles to a southern New Mexico ranch for troubled youths.
Thousands of people are expected to attend this Sunday’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks event to raise funds for the organization while providing more information about an oft-misunderstood disorder.
A 21-year-old woman is in custody Friday morning on suspicion of child abuse and unlawful imprisonment.
Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills" is a sequel based on an end-credits joke from a film that was itself based on a joke trailer contained within a half-joke grindhouse homage. Exactly how many degrees such an endeavor is removed from anything resembling serious cinema would require Jean Baudrillard to calculate, yet for more immediate filmgoing purposes, all there is to see here is a surprisingly long-lived gag finally running out of gas. As violent as its predecessor yet noticeably duller and less outrageous, "Machete Kills" is dragged to the finish line entirely by its director's madcap energy and an absurd cast of major stars in strange cameos.
“What sound does our Sammy Snake make?”
When Gilbert resident Erin Brown brought her 7-year-old foster son to a pool party with other foster and adoptive families this summer, his response surprised her.
Sometimes adolescents just speak a different language.
Hey, it’s Labor Day, everybody. Woo-hoo. Okay, we’re partying now. Throw your arms in the air and wave them like you just don’t care. Blow up some balloons. Tap a keg. Rip open a bag of chips. Because this isn’t a champagne and caviar kind of thing. This is the very definition of blue collar. If collars be worn at all.
Guns didn’t kill Christopher Lane and I’m not so sure genuine racism is to blame. Can minors fully understand such hate? We do know the teens who gunned down the athlete, who was jogging in Duncan, Oklahoma, say they were “bored.”