Recent data regarding child and family well being in Maricopa County indicates their needs are not being met, despite the many organizations attempting to protect, educate and help those families flourish. MFSA is determined to prove that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Arizona ranks near the bottom for Overall Child Well-Being according to the KIDS COUNT Data Book.
The Arizona Department of Child Safety reports over 4,000 calls to the Hotline in September, 2017.
While the number of children in foster care has been dropping, as of August, 2017, there were still approximately 16,000 Arizona children in foster care.
It was estimated 26% of young children, age 0-5, live in poverty in Maricopa County.
In Maricopa County, it is estimated 37% of housing units have housing costs that exceed 30% of householder income.
In Arizona, and in Maricopa County, it is estimated only 35% of 3- and 4- year olds attend preschool, compared to 48% nationally.
Public high school seniors in Arizona had a graduation rate of 75% in 2012-2013, compared to 81% nationally.
Arizona’s unemployment rate was 4.5% in October, 2017.
The teen pregnancy rate in Arizona dropped by 51% between 2005 and 2015.