Supervisory Neglect in Arizona: Facts, Issues, Opportunities

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Reports and Publications
March 2018
Erica Quintana, Jade Sun

This is the fourth in a series of briefs in which Morrison Institute for Public Policy will report on selected aspects of Arizona’s child welfare system.

Morrison Institute’s first white paper discussed the less visible but more common side of child maltreatment: neglect. The second white paper examined family conditions that can influence a family’s subtle “drift” towards unsafe situations that often correlate with neglect, as well as how different types of prevention might help interrupt the “drift into failure.” The third paper analyzed Arizona Department of Child Safety data to identify the prevalence of various types of neglect in Arizona reports.

This paper highlights some key conclusions from the neglect analysis and identifies future areas for study and analysis as part of the Spotlight on Arizona’s Kids project.

Future papers will research, analyze and discuss prevention services in Arizona and elsewhere, with an emphasis on best practices.

These collective efforts are intended to help state leaders, child advocates and others discuss and identify the most-effective child abuse and neglect prevention strategies.

Spotlight on Arizona’s Kids is funded by the Arizona Community Foundation

Part One:
The ‘Neglect of Neglect’

Part Two:
Preventing Families’ ‘Drift Into Failure’

Part Three:
Child Neglect in Arizona, an analysis