Pima County’s children are disproportionately likely to grow up in poverty. As a result, they are more likely than children in other communities to be living with parents and caregivers who also grew up in poor families.
And there is less money and help available now, after many of the programs and services intended to end these cycles were reduced or eliminated following the Great Recession.
This has left more families to languish and struggle until, too often, they come into crisis.
The Arizona Daily Star has done stories about how most federal money intended to help Arizona’s working poor and poorest families goes to child-safety efforts -- and how more is being spent on foster care than on keeping families together.
Now we want to look deeper into what resources are currently available and what is needed to help families. We want to help figure out what Pima County could be doing to end these cycles and are hoping you can help.
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