In May 2018, The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and The Arizona Daily Star held a presentation about the Star’s investigation: Fixing our Foster Care Crisis. Members of the Star’s reporting team discussed their foster care research in Arizona. They also reported which cities and states are doing a better job of keeping families together, and ultimately what Arizona can learn from others to fix our foster care crisis.
The Arizona Daily Star, with support from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and the USC Annenberg Center’s Fund for Journalism on Child Well-being, investigated how Arizona came to have one of the nation’s highest rates of child removal, and how we can keep more kids at home by helping at-risk families break generational cycles of trauma, neglect or abuse. Four Star journalists talked with more than 100 local, state and national leaders in reform over the past year. They visited six U.S. states to see what programs are working to support families at home, transform child safety agencies and guide children and families to a healthy future.
Up first on 30 Minutes, Reporter Perla Trevizo will speak about her reporting which shows the specific challenges that families of color and immigrant families face. Arizona Daily Star Editorial Page Editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen will share what she learned in Michigan and California, where programs successfully serve clients over the long haul. Finally, we’ll hear excerpts from young people who have experienced foster care.
This is part 2 of a 2 part series. Recorded and produced by Amanda Shauger