Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Arizona

State Statutes Results
Arizona
Child Welfare
Case Planning for Families Involved With Child Welfare Agencies
To better understand this issue and to view it across States, see the Case Planning for Families Involved With Child Welfare Agencies: Summary of State Laws (PDF - 476 KB) publication.
When Case Plans Are Required
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 8-806

When a child has been accepted into a voluntary placement, the department must develop a case plan within 10 days.

Who May Participate in the Case Planning Process
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 8-806

The department must develop a case plan with the child's parent, guardian, or custodian.

Contents of a Case Plan
Rev. Stat. § 8-806

The case plan shall establish the services necessary to promote the safety of the child on the planned return of the child to the parent, guardian, custodian, or alternative placement.

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Determining the Best Interests of the Child
To better understand this issue and to view it across States, see the Determining the Best Interests of the Child: Summary of State Laws (PDF - 303 KB) publication.
Citation: Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 8-847(C) (LexisNexis through 5-27-05)

Statute Text:

At any periodic review hearing, the court shall consider the health and safety of the child as a paramount concern.

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Online Resources for State Child Welfare Law and Policy
To better understand this issue and to view it across States, see the Online Resources for State Child Welfare Law and Policy (PDF - 526 KB) publication.
Statutes:
Website for Statutes: http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp
Citations:
Adoption: Title 8, Chapter 1
Child Protection: Title 8, Chapter 10, Articles 1-2
Child Welfare: Title 8, Chapter 5; Chapter 10, Articles 3-7; Chapter 11
Regulation/Policy
Website for Administrative Code: http://www.azsos.gov/public_services/Table_of_Contents.htm
Note: See Title 6, Chapter 5, Articles 55, 56, 58 through 60, 65 through 67, 69, 70, 74, 75, 80

Other Resources
Department of Economic Security, Division of Children, Youth and Families
Guide to CPS
http://www.de.state.az.us/dcyf/cps/guide.asp
Foster Care and Adoption Publications Page
http://www.de.state.az.us/dcyf/adoption/publications.asp