Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

African American Children and Families

Wellness & Recovery

The African American Children and Families subcommittee of the Child Safety and Family Empowerment Council was formed to address community specific challenges, including disproportionality within the foster care system. The subcommittee is working to identify critical issues affecting children and families involved in the child welfare system, with a special focus on the needs of the African American community. 

The subcommittee has been tasked with:

  • Conducting public hearings and meetings and focus groups in the African American community
  • Investigating how state and agency spending impacts African American families, organizations and agencies
  • Discovering, connecting, and collaborating with African American families, organizations and communities
  • Recommending a plan to reduce the levels of disparity and disproportionality, and increase family empowerment

FY 2017/18 Subcommittee Highlights include:

  • Collecting and analyzing data surrounding the child welfare system from the following zip codes: 85040, 85041, 85042
  • Collecting data and expert testimony from various organizations, including: the Substance Abuse Epidemiology work group of the Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership, the Arizona Department of Economic Security, the Department of Child Safety Office of Prevention, and Foster Care Initiatives
  • Implementation of SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework to study the needs of minority communities in relation to child welfare
Agendas, Minutes and Documents

The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family agendas, minutes and other related documents as they become available.

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