Arizona lawmakers approved a $9.2 billion budget yesterday.The budget, which still needs Governor Jan Brewer's approval, shaved off roughly $25 million from Brewer's proposal for Child Protective Services spending for next year. Between the scandal of thousands of cases ignored at CPS, and the growi ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer said yesterday that she signed an executive order to get rid of Child Protective Services "as we know it."Today, Brewer's office released a document that attempts to explain why CPS 2.0 and the Division of Child Safety and Family Services are improvements over the previous CPS sy ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer says she has signed an executive order that "abolishes [Child Protective Services] as we know it."Brewer made the announcement this afternoon, in her final state of the state speech.
With another day comes another promise that something is going to be done about the thousands of ignored child-abuse and neglect allegations phoned in to Child Protective Services over the last few years.Governor Jan Brewer held a press conference this morning to explain her plan to deal with the cr ... More >>
Phoenix's First Lady Nicole Stanton, a staunch anti-bullying advocate, is going to be part of a panel on October 16 to raise awareness among parents about recognizing the warning signs of bullying, and discussing the issue with their children. The free event, The Warning Signs of Bullying, is from ... More >>
Arizona had the largest decrease of teenagers giving birth over the last few years than any other state, according to numbers released by the National Center for Health Statistics.That's important, since teenagers have a higher risk of low birthweight, premature birth, babies dying in infancy, passi ... More >>
Finally, I get to write about music. I've been hanging out on the cultural side of the New Times site, Jackalope Ranch, writing a little column called Parent Hood. Not a "how to parent" column, more like a look at pop culture through the eyes of a parent (five kids aged 11 through 30) and a hoodlu ... More >>
See Also: Baby Strollers at Devoured?! Young Children?!?! The Horror! See Also: What's the Most Bizarre Thing You've Seen at a Restaurant? Breast feeding in public has its vociferous avatars and detractors but at the end of the day it is not unreasonable to say that the issue is debatable. Modesty ... More >>
County Attorney Bill Montgomery and other child welfare experts have been pegged with the task of figuring out how to fix Child Protective Services. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced today the members of a task force she's organized to review the state's child-safety policies following a rece ... More >>
www.icanhazcheezberger.comSpring has sprung, which means one thing for high school seniors and tuxedo-rental stores: prom season.No prom is complete without the risk of a potential unplanned pregnancy coming nine months after the big night, and nothing helps an able-bodied teen get laid qui ... More >>
Chef Chrysa Robertson of Rancho Pinot is a true Italian chef; why, you ask? "I always make way too much food!" Robertson laughs. Today she tells us about her first nerve-racking Italian feast, sweetbreads and all; her embarrassing fryer oil incident three days into a job, and the one addictive snack ... More >>
www.herestheproblem.comIf you're a pregnant teenager in Arizona, congratulations! Not for throwing away your youth by lettin' one slip past the goalie, but because your geographic location (and likely Arizona's astonishingly-high teen-pregnancy rate) allows you to be one of the most fashion ... More >>
Starting young ones on the cutting edge
www.photobucket.comA Vermont woman, who was thrown off an airplane for refusing to put a blanket over herself while she breast-fed her 1-year-old daughter, is suing Mesa Air Group. The incident happened about three years ago and sparked national protests, or "nurse-ins" at 19 ai ... More >>
A team of surgeons and nurses at Phoenix Children's Hospital early this morning finished a 17-hour operation to separate conjoined twins. The hospital staff released these photos this afternoon to tout the achievement and the national media attention it brought. NBC's Today Show is scheduled to re ... More >>
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