You are here:  Home  >  Family Law  >  Current Article

Arizona Department of Child Safety doesn’t give foster parents information needed to keep kids safe; new portal will help, says Rose Law Group family attorney, Audra Petrolle

Posted by   /  October 21, 2019  /  No Comments

    Print       Email

By Dianna M. Nanez

The Arizona Department of Child Safety isn’t giving foster parents the information they are legally entitled to, so they can properly care for children the state places in their homes, according to a state auditor general report. 

Because DCS did not inform a foster parent of a child’s medical conditions, one child went into anaphylactic shock “due to an allergen exposure.”

Another child had a contagious health condition that a fosterparent felt “could have jeopardized the health of her entire family.”


“Sadly, there appears to be a systemic failure in the foster care system at the expense of some of our most vulnerable children. However, a central repository of information such as the Foster Care Portal can go a long way towards creating adequate records, ensuring access of information for foster parents, facilitating ongoing communication between foster parents and DCS, creating a mechanism of oversight and ensuring accountability. Hopefully, we can all band together as a community through lobbying efforts and administrative oversight to ensure that these children get the resources and protections they need.”

~Audra Petrolle

    Print       Email
  • Published: 7 months ago on October 21, 2019
  • Posted by:
  • Last Modified: October 21, 2019 @ 4:52 pm
  • Filed Under: Family Law
  • Tagged With:

Leave a Reply

You might also like...

Unemployed parents see no refunds as child support overcharges continue, such mistakes common with DES, says RLG partner, Family Law director Kaine Fischer

Read More →