The Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment is authorized under Executive Order 2020-05 and consists of members appointed by the Governor. The Council was created to align, leverage, and coordinate faith-based and community resources to address challenges faced by vulnerable children and families within the child welfare system. The Council also works to provide additional support to strengthen families that are caring for both foster and adopted children.
The Council has focused its efforts on reducing and preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to keep children from entering the foster care system. The Council has heard from issue-area experts on topics related to ACEs, trauma informed care, and the prevention of childhood abuse and neglect. This information has driven the Council's efforts to ensure that ACEs prevention and trauma informed care become the standard for supporting children across Arizona.
This Council is able to create workgroups necessary to further facilitate what is outlined in the body's Executive Order. Each workgroup is comprised of members which include: issue-area experts, and/or community stakeholders. The Council further develops its work through the following:
- Disparities and Disproportionalities Workgroup
- Outreach Workgroup
- Prevention Workgroup
- Partnerships Workgroup
- Support Workgroup