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Each year CK’s Tavern and Grill in Ahwatukee Foothills hosts a Holiday Wish Tree for kids at Crisis Nursery but this year the number of kids they’ve been asked to help has nearly doubled.
Mike McClellan asks why we are so shocked that 6,500 reports of child abuse were not investigated (“Why won’t our government think of the children?” AFN, Dec. 6). I am not surprised. I came to Arizona over 20 years ago as a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker. I had been a part of a unit in California in which all of the workers had master’s degrees in social work or family therapy. Most of our cases were families who had come to the attention of the agency but were not severe enough to involve the Juvenile Court. Families voluntarily accepted prevention services. Not surprisingly, we had the lowest per capita foster care placement in the country. Even when our cases were in court, the system — from the judge to the attorneys representing the parents — held as a central principle the best interests of the children.
Saying it's really a legal contract between the state and parents, Superintendent of Schools John Huppenthal is urging the Arizona Supreme Court to uphold the legality of what amounts to a voucher program for students.
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.
Every family looks forward to the day when the “big envelope” arrives in the mail announcing an acceptance into their child’s college of choice. After the rounds of congratulations and phone calls to family and friends comes the reality of financing four years of tuition, room, board, books and living expenses. How will you pay for college? Understanding the sources of college funding is an important component of your college plan.
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Cases of whooping cough are on the rise across the country and NASCAR star Jeff Gordon is racing to end it.
National Adoption Month has special meaning to several Ahwatukee Foothills families who’ve chosen adoption to grow their families.
Grief support for children is lacking in Ahwatukee Foothills, but it’s a serious cause that some Ahwatukee groups are hoping to find a solution for.
Do you belong to a union? Take advantage of your union membership and get money back when you buy a home. If you are an active or retired union member or the parent or child of one, you may be eligible for exclusive home financing benefits through a major lender.
This weekend the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center will be hosting its 12th Annual Haunted House and Hayride for the entire family.
With growing confusion and much deliberation about the overpowering messages regarding “racism” in recent publications of the AFN, I am compelled to summarize:
A unique wellness center opening near Ahwatukee is offering services that go far beyond the physical needs of clients.
Arizona students are back in class and in addition to the notebooks and lunch boxes, some parents are packing smartphones or tablets in their kid’s backpacks. Some school districts are even now requesting that kids bring their own technology to school to enhance their learning.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, a nonprofit community service organization serving the Ahwatukee community, announced that it’s the recipient of a 2013 Arbonne Foundation Grant that will fund the Teen Employee University program to help serve young teens in our community through leadership development and community service learning. The Teen Employee University (TEU) program is taking registrations at the Ahwatukee Foothills YMCA for teens ages 14 and up. The Teen Employee University program will provide hands-on workshops in life skills, job readiness, communication and interview skills, finding the right job for your strengths, personal accountability, application process, interview skills and most importantly volunteer internships that allows hands-on job experience.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, a nonprofit community service organization serving the Ahwatukee community, announces scholarships are available through the Max in Motion Grant that was awarded to the Valley of the Sun YMCA Youth Sports Jr. Suns/Jr. Mercury Basketball Program.
Ryan House, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that provides respite, palliative and end-of-life care to Arizona children facing life-threatening conditions, has introduced its new Kids for Ryan House program.
It may seem obvious. But the state Court of Appeals has affirmed the right of attorneys to drop clients who aren’t paying their bills.
With summer coming to a rapid end, there’s still time for children to celebrate in a fun fashion before having to go back to school for the fall session.
The search for a family-pleasing staycation just got a little easier, thanks to one of Chandler’s lushest resorts.
The Ahwatukee Community Network (ACN) is bringing passionate people together again, this time on the topic of children in foster care.
The 2013 legislative session began with a unanimous vote in the House and the Senate to appropriate emergency funding for additional Child Protective Services staff. With that vote, lawmakers affirmed child safety as a top priority.
Gloria A. Poulin of Ahwatukee Foothills, 86, born Sept. 10, 1926, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, passed away May 2. She devoted her life, love and energy to her family and raised her children instilling virtues and values.