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Public News Service - AZ: Children's Issues

A new study shows young people who age out of foster care often still need help and support as they make major life choices. (Sandhaya/Freestock)

PHOENIX - A study out this week looks at challenges faced by foster children in Arizona and across the country, when they turn 18 and "age out" of the system. The Annie E. Casey Foundation data found that overall, young people transitioning from foster care are falling behind others in completing h

The majority of Arizona households making less than $20,000 a year spend more than half their earnings on rent. (Flickr)

PHOENIX – Poverty in Arizona has declined slightly, but the rate of residents living in poverty in the state is still among the highest nationwide, according to a report just released. The Arizona Poverty Snapshot from Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition and the Coalition on Human Needs fi

Arizona policymakers are taking advantage of data to better serve the state's children. (1laura/Twenty20)

PHOENIX – To improve education and literacy in Arizona, it's important to first understand challenges different communities face. So policymakers in the state have been turning to a growing online database and map tool for guidance. MapLIT has been around since 2015 and is set to expand to

An estimated 50,000 teachers marched to the Arizona Capitol last spring to demand more public education funding. (Arizona Education Association/Flickr)

PHOENIX — Teachers nationwide are wearing red today in support of public education. Here in Arizona, educators are vowing to continue to fight for better schools in the state, despite an education funding initiative that was blocked from ballots. The state Supreme Court last week removed an

Pediatric optometrists say an eye exam and a pair of glasses can make a dramatic difference in a child's academic performance. (Sir Leto/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Many Arizona kids are heading back to school this month, and doctors say when they return to the classroom it's important to make sure they can see well. About 80 percent of what a child learns at school happens visually. When children have undetected vision problems, said Dr. Amy D

Petra Falcon gathered with community members and religious leaders Friday in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office in Phoenix to speak out against the separation of migrant children from their families. (Katherine Davis-Young/PNS)

PHOENIX — Immigration rights advocates in Arizona and around the country are continuing to speak out against the Department of Homeland Security’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents. About 2,000 children were separated from their families at the U.S./Mexico border

Legislators in Arizona voted nearly unanimously to allow courts to keep 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system through their 19th birthday. (Joe Gratz/Flickr)

PHOENIX – A bill awaiting Gov. Doug Ducey's signature would give courts more time to try youth offenders as juveniles. Advocates say this would be an important step to ensure that young people receive age-appropriate treatment in Arizona's criminal justice system. Currently, under Arizona

Groups supporting DACA recipients are rallying in Phoenix at 6 P.M. today.

PHOENIX – Jewish groups in Arizona are holding a rally this evening in Phoenix to show their support for the "Dreamers" - people who were brought to the U.S. as children. The DACA program, which gives them legal status, expires next Monday, and so far there is no agreement in Congress to hel

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