There must be medical proof or other evidence that the fatality or near fatality was caused by abuse or neglect.
Among the information DCS considers when determining that a child’s death was the result of abuse or neglect are: In addition, in the case of a near fatality, a physician must certify that the child was in serious or critical condition due to the abuse or neglect.
When calls come into DCS, specific questions are asked to help determine if there is a problem for the child. This could result in a DCS Specialist contacting the children and parent about the report and making an assessment of any needed services.
These may include: Does the child know how to reach the parent? Parents must use good judgment about their children's capabilities, as they are ultimately responsible.
Foster Care is a temporary living situation for children, provided by the state of Arizona, when it has been determined that parents cannot care for their children safely.
The placement of children can be with approved relatives/kin, or foster families that have been licensed by DCS.
State law requires that the Department coordinate with the appropriate prosecuting agency before records on specific cases can be released.
It also requires that the Department take appropriate steps to protect the privacy of crime victims, sources of DCS reports, and innocent parties in a case (such as siblings, grandparents, etc.) before the DCS records can be released.
The Department is committed to providing the records as quickly as possible.
Individual cases will vary, depending on the case circumstances.
Among the information DCS considers when determining that a child’s death was the result of abuse or neglect are: * Not all maltreatment fatalities or near fatalities are reported to the statewide DCS Hotline.
For example, law enforcement may not report a child death from maltreatment to DCS if there are no children in the home for whom there are safety concerns or risks.
Adoption is the legal process transferring parental rights from one set of parents to another.