The Child Abuse Report Investigation Grant (CARING) strives to help children and families by assisting Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) with its backlog of investigations, on-going case management and Targeted Permanency Staffings.
The program began with a grant from Casey Family Programs. Due to the CARING Program’s effectiveness, the Arizona Legislature appropriated additional funds to continue and expand this initiative. CARING assisted in reducing the number of overdue DCS investigations, which included investigations that had been open for 60 days or more. The program has expanded to now partner with DCS for on-going case management and permanency planning.
The goal of the CARING Program is to more quickly and effectively ensure children are either reunified with their parents or cared for by a new, forever family.
The Child Abuse Report Investigation Grant is a state-contracted service provided by Southwest Human Development. All referrals for this service must come directly from the Arizona Department of Child Safety.