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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

The MISS Foundation: A lifeline to grieving families

Joanne Cacciatore of Sedona started the nonprofit MISS Foundation in 1996 to provide counseling, advocacy, research and education services to families who have endured the death of a child. To say she has been busy since Raising Arizona Kids magazine’s 2011 series about her foundation is an understatement. Between nearly losing a second child in […]

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KIDZ BOP Kids coming to Livewire in Scottsdale


Ask the parents of any grade-school girl what KIDZ BOP is and they’re sure to know. The series, which features kid-friendly versions of today’s top hits, has routinely debuted within the Billboard Top 10 since 2005. Collectively, the compilations have sold close to 10 million copies. While KIDZ BOP songs soared to become big-time hits, KIDZ BOP Kids—Ashlynn, Bredia, Grant and […]

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5 questions for Debbie Moak

In February, substance-abuse prevention advocate Debbie Moak, of Paradise Valley, was appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey as Arizona’s new director of the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families. The agency provides programming, grants and resources to improve the lives of Arizona youth and families. Moak spent 10 years as an elementary school teacher before […]

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Arizona adoption attorney Kathryn Pidgeon

She was a reluctant law student. Yet she stuck with it. She graduated, married a classmate and together they moved to Phoenix. It was a friend and fellow lawyer who helped open the door to a career that fit Kathryn Pidgeon perfectly: adoption attorney. That was more than 30 years and some 2,000 adoptions ago. […]

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Dominique Roe-Sepowitz:
What parents need to know about sex trafficking

The difference between sex trafficking and prostitution. The number of men who regularly buy sex online or on the street in the Phoenix area. Teens who live at home with their families while trading sex for money. Why are we talking about this in a parenting magazine? Associate Professor Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, MSW, PhD, directs the […]

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Kevin Berger, MD: A pioneer in pediatric palliative care

Kevin Berger, MD, helps families make some of the toughest decisions imaginable. This Phoenix Pediatrics physician and father of three is also a medical director at Hospice of the Valley. He talks about caring for young patients with special needs and the case for pediatric palliative and end-of-life care options for those who won’t get […]

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Dana Wolfe Naimark lobbies for Arizona’s kids

In 1988, a group of community leaders founded Children’s Action Alliance to be a voice for children and families at the Arizona State Capitol. As “power brokers for kids,” CAA provides in-depth, non-partisan research to lawmakers on tough issues: child abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, poverty, childcare and healthcare. Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and CEO, […]

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At The Family School, everyone will learn

Sixty-five children. Typical learners and some with special needs. Kids in foster care. Kids who speak a language that isn’t English. Play therapy. Parenting classes. Parents who donate. Parents who struggle to pay bills. Families of every conceivable kind, from every background, enrolled together in a school in downtown Phoenix, since 1992. Sue Johnson, director […]

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