Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family
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Strong families and youth are the future of Arizona and vital for Arizona communities and economy.

Wellness & Recovery
5th Annual ACE's Summit: Becoming a Trauma Informed State

The prosperity and success of our state depends on the healthy development of children. When adverse childhood experiences happen, however, this healthy development is disrupted, leading to a greater risk of lifelong negative consequences.

Everyone knows child trauma is bad, but many don’t realize just how pervasive and consequential it can be. Even if we haven’t personally experienced it, childhood trauma affects us all.

It affects us by increasing the number of people in our communities who will be vulnerable to opioid abuse, suicide attempts, alcoholism, and engaging in criminal behavior. It affects us by decreasing rates of school success, job retention, and productivity. It impacts every issue we care about.

That’s why we’re grateful that Governor Doug Ducey is working to make Arizona a trauma-informed state.

Being trauma-informed means preventing childhood trauma from happening in the first place, and helping people who may have experienced trauma learn to move through difficult experiences and be resilient. It means creating environments where people can get help when they need it. It’s about working with what we have to design better systems that better serve individuals. It’s about making Arizona a safe place for everyone to thrive and succeed.

 

KJZZ: Arizona Angel Initiative Lets Addicts Seek Help From Police

KJZZ reports on the Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct's "Arizona Angel Initiative", a program that focuses on treatment, instead of enforcement by encouraging people struggling with addiction to go to the police for help.

The Arizona Angel Initiative allows citizens to seek help from police, turn in their drugs and request treatment without fear of prosecution. Angels are also able to help parents secure safe placement for their child(ren) while they are in treatment in lieu of placing their child(ren) in the foster care system. 

"We want to keep families together. And one of the issues that Maryvale has faced is it has had one of the highest rates of child removal due to drug problems."

- Ed DeCastro, Phoenix police commander

Read the entire article on kjzz.com.

The Council's Corner

As Chair of the Governor’s Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment, Angela Ducey has begun a blog highlighting organizations and nonprofits serving Arizona's most vulnerable children and families. 

In her first blog, Angela highlights the Arizona CarePortal Project. This initiative is a collaborative partnership between the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family, the Governor's Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment, the Department of Child Safety and the CarePortal. 

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A Win For Arizona Families: CarePortal Expands To Maricopa County

Successful Partnership With Faith-Based Community Will Help Even More Families In Need

Governor Doug Ducey is announcing the official launch of CarePortal in Maricopa County to help keep more vulnerable Arizona families together. The CarePortal is one of many partnerships formed through the Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment, chaired by First Lady Angela Ducey, and is designed to connect families in crisis with local faith-based organizations willing to lend a hand. Learn more...

Careportal
Arizona CarePortal Project

"The state does not make a good parent, which is why keeping families together is a priority for me."
- Governor Doug Ducey

The Arizona CarePortal Project connects families in crisis with community supports allowing more families to stay intact. The Department of Child Safety identifies the need, the CarePortal notifies partnering churches and the community meets the basic need. The Arizona CarePortal Project is done without any cost to local or state governments. All funding is provided through private donations.

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Arizona Angel Initiative

The Arizona Angel Initiative allows citizens to seek help from police, turn in their drugs and request treatment without fear of prosecution. Angels are also able to help parents secure safe placement for their child(ren) while they are in treatment in lieu of placing their child(ren)  in the foster care system. The program is currently being piloted in West Phoenix with the Phoenix Police Department, Maryvale-Estrella Precinct.

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Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment

The Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment was created to align, leverage and coordinate faith based and community resources to solve challenges faced by our most vulnerable children and families within the child welfare system and to provide additional support to strengthen families that are caring for both foster and adopted children.

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