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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.
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.
“Who is the kid who thinks he is the fastest 6-year-old in the nation?” Scott Hembree asked his son, Cyrus, this week.
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 — 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.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Maybe ten times a week, someone calls Steve Lazicki looking to get rid of a parrot.
Taylor Christensen is an Arizona State student who started volunteering at Helen’s Hope Chest in September as part of her service-learning project. She wasn’t sure what to expect when she started working at the free clothing “store” for foster children. But after a few weeks working with foster families and children she decided to share her experience through Mesa United Way’s “Faces of Need — and Hope” project:
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.
Comic book movies are increasingly, like Sandra Bullock in "Gravity," lost in space.
Landscaping is a large part of curb appeal. And sellers should keep in mind that curb appeal is important to most buyers, a 2013 National Association of Realtors survey found.
The recent re-opening of a facility completed a recent revamping of three facilities for Rise Services, including one in Mesa.
A five-week-old orange tabby kitten named Libby was rescued Wednesday by an Arizona Humane Society worker.
LOS ANGELES — You nurse and nurture, live with and love an animal in your home. After a few weeks or months, you turn it over to someone or return it to a shelter. Watching a foster pet leave the nest can be rewarding, but you are probably still going to cry your eyes out.
Two times the pets at the Lost Our Home pet shelter have lost their homes. Once, when their owners abandoned them. And then again when Lost Our Home lost their own home.
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.
LOS ANGELES — Ivan, Domino and Joshua arrived together at the animal shelter when their ailing owner could no longer care for them. To get adopted, they will need to go as one.
Of all the movie villains we've met lately, few are stranger than Delacourt, Jodie Foster's evil, white-blonde, power-suited and power-hungry defense official in "Elysium," the much-awaited but ultimately somewhat disappointing new film from director Neill Blomkamp.
Parents will find few states that offer families as many schooling options as Arizona. A longtime leader in the national school choice movement, Arizona has an education marketplace with a school for nearly any income, interest or situation.
Have you ever sat in the international terminal at the airport and just listened to the mix of voices around you, all of them speaking in a language you don’t understand?
A feline sanctuary in Gilbert had to increase its space recently after Mesa Animal Control Unit asked Save the Cats Arizona Arizona to remove five dozen cats from an East Valley home.
LOS ANGELES — The luckiest day of Niblett's life had to be when he was returned to the animal shelter in Virginia where he had been adopted.
The adage “it takes a village to raise a child” is taking form near downtown Mesa.
Arizona parents, grandparents, relatives and friends may have a new reason to help someone attend college.