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Saturday, November 25, 2017

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Arizona’s Children: Make a difference for kids in foster care

It really does take a village. For this fifth installment in a six-part yearlong series about Arizona’s foster care crisis, we explore ways to support the nearly 17,000 kids in state care — even if you can’t foster or adopt. THE JOYS OF CHILDHOOD are simple — a ride on the swings at the park, […]

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Home pool party? Hire a lifeguard!

Drowning happens silently and quickly. That’s why children are at risk even when — and sometimes especially when — adults are nearby. Even a “designated pool watcher” can avert his or her eyes for a moment or get distracted by a conversation. That’s why local experts advise pool owners to hire professional lifeguards when hosting […]

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Swim season brings drowning risks; Here’s how to keep kids safe

Swim season is here, and while it’s a favorite time for kids and families to start enjoying the Valley’s many pools and water parks, it’s also a time to be hyper-vigilant about water safety. Melissa Sutton, president of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, has comforted too many families who have lost loved ones to […]

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Get Savvy: Kathleen Buckstaff’s book for teens

Have you ever crossed paths with someone you just knew would be a cherished friend, if only a few circumstances were different? For me, Kathleen Buckstaff is one of those people. I’ve only met her once, to my recollection. So I don’t really know her that well. And yet I know her. This month, I […]

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ARIZONA’S CHILDREN: In foster families, love transforms

Gilbert couple Becki and Brett MacLay always knew they wanted a lively household, and that’s exactly what they got. Their children — 9-year-old Chloe and 6-year-old twins Landon and Brennan — fill the days with plenty of activity. But that’s not all. The MacLays also are a foster family, which means that on the day […]

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Dr. Cara Christ works to boost vaccination rates, curtail childhood obesity

After taking her 5-month-old daughter and two sons to Disneyland in late 2014, Dr. Cara Christ got a very personal reminder about the importance of childhood vaccinations. The very same time she and her family visited, an outbreak of measles had begun at the California theme park. Ultimately, more than 145 people across the United […]

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ARIZONA’S CHILDREN: Nearly 18,000 kids are in foster care. What happens next is up to us.

About 40 children — infants through preschoolers — temporarily reside at Child Crisis Arizona’s emergency shelter in Mesa. These are children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect, and for whom foster-care placement has not yet been possible. The Mesa shelter isn’t the only emergency facility in our state, but […]

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Now hear this! Noisy toys could damage a child’s hearing

With the holidays in full swing, parents are combing the aisles to find the perfect toys for their kids. It’s always important to look at age recommendations and any warnings on the packaging. But have you ever considered how noisy a toy is? Did you know that noisy toys can potentially damage a child’s hearing? […]

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5 questions for internet-safety advocate Alicia Kozakiewicz

Alicia Kozakiewicz, who was abducted as a teen by a man she met on the internet, has devoted her life to helping protect children from online predators. Next week, she will be in the Valley addressing students, and she’ll give the keynote speech at the Wednesday, Nov. 2 fundraising lunch for notMYkid, a Scottsdale nonprofit dedicated […]

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Preventing child abuse: Banner Children’s SCAN program addresses the “triggers”

Although April marks a disconcerting annual milestone with National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we can be heartened to know that there are people like Leslie Quinn, MD, and her staff working tirelessly to protect children—and to prevent future cases of child abuse. Quinn is a child-abuse pediatrician and medical director of Banner Children’s Suspected Child […]

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