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Gov. Jan Brewer is weighing whether the troubled Child Protective Services needs to be split into a separate agency headed by someone who reports directly to her.
I can’t imagine being a Child Protective Services (CPS) 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.
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.
A judge has dismissed a murder case and ordered the release of the defendant — an Ahwatukee man convicted in the 2004 death of his 5-year-old son — after finding misconduct by prosecutors.
1. On Nov. 4 at noon in the 3400 block of East Chandler Boulevard police took a child abuse report.
Mariah Kang is a big fat bully.
In my monthly book club group we open the discussion with just a word and a number — how much we enjoyed the book on a scale of 1-10 and one word that best describes it for us.
On Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. the Arizona Psychological Foundation and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road, will be sponsoring a free public education presentation on teen drug use.
In one of my past columns for the Ahwatukee Foothills News, I introduced you to an innovative approach to ending the bullying epidemic, called bully proofing. Instead of resorting to various punitive measures aimed at deterring future bully behaviors, bully proofing seeks to empower ALL students, giving them the necessary tools and strategies to be resilient in the face of a bully.
After an extensive national search, Sojourner Center’s Board of Directors announced Dr. María Garay is the new executive director. Garay comes to Phoenix from Los Angeles, and is a 20-year veteran of the nonprofit sector.
For some in our city, domestic violence is a daily problem. Councilmembers Nowakowski, Williams, and myself teamed together to make ending domestic violence a priority. As a city we embarked on a “Paint Phoenix Purple” campaign that was very successful. The goal was to continue raising awareness for this debilitating behavior and elevate domestic violence as an important policy issue.
The Summit School of Ahwatukee will be hosting a workshop, called GirlPower, on Monday, Oct. 21, which aims in the assistance of empowering young women with language skills and self-confidence to develop healthier friendships in their lives.
Organizations in Ahwatukee Foothills have resources available to help anyone going through abuse, but representatives from each group feel it will take community involvement to get the resources to the right people.
There are three killer insults on the body: oxidation, autoimmunity and inflammation. We need some level of inflammation to stay healthy so tissue and wounds heal from infections and injuries, however, when the inflammatory response becomes chronic problems occur. Chronic inflammation is unseen by the eye and a silent killer that accelerates aging, prevents fat loss and increases risk of disease.
HERE: Ironwood Library presents teen dating violence prevention program Oct. 19
1. On Sept. 30 at 6:15 a.m. police found a missing juvenile in the 3800 block of East Gold Finch Gate Lane.
Phoenix Police will host a prescription drug take back event on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Target parking lot at 48th Street and Ray Road. Police will accept any unused prescription drugs. Police will not be able to accept any needles.
Each year the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce honors local business women through the Palo Verde Women in Business Award.
Did you know that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime? Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting women in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background.
Driggs Title Agency
Phoenix is painting the city purple in October for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
From escaping abusive parents to not knowing when their next meal will be, many children are in need of support. The Phoenix-based Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development has combined resources with Valley Metro, providing support 24 hours a day for children 17 and younger through the national outreach program called “Safe Place.”
The unnamed woman with the weathered face stands on the corner of the street with her cardboard sign. The sign, like so many others around town reads, “Homeless and hungry. Anything helps. God bless.” Short and to the point the staccato sentences lay out the problem, tell us we have no excuse for not sharing something, and digs into our deepest held values. She doesn’t smile, but periodically salutes the oncoming traffic in a confident parody of Nixon’s classic V sign for victory, and of course, peace. Her gaze is largely fixed on the distance, as if mesmerized by the strip of shimmering pavement, interspersed by the bright shots of color as the vehicles flow by. Discretely hidden somewhere close by is her bicycle, and a few bags with her belongings. She’s not alone. Across the street is the man in whose company she’s often seen riding. They seem to trade off on corners, begging for relief, and preaching the gospel in silence.
1. On Sept. 9 in the 2400 block of East Rocky Slope Drive police took a report of a stolen license plate.
Southwest Behavioral Health Service’s Homeless Outreach, a nonprofit program to help homeless individuals, is requesting donations of hot weather supplies.