Lack of volunteers is hurting children in Arizona’s foster-care system – – Foster Parents Article

Heather Varela is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the Arizona Department of Child Safety system. She is seen holding a photo of one of the children she is currently a CASA for, at her home in Scottsdale on Aug. 22, 2018.(Photo: David Wallace/The Republic) Each of the 15,869 children in Arizona’s foster-care system are supposed to have an advocate, someone who fills a role somewhere between friend and lawyer. But only 10 percent of those children had court-appointed special advocates to assist them…

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Dear Assholes of the Mountain, – Single Mum, Parents Article

While I believe there are many assholes of the mountain, I am only going to focus on a few. I don’t have time to write a book… maybe I should write a book? I preach the gospel of spending time in nature. I am the for most advocate of getting your kids outside and having epic adventures with them. But, let’s be smart people. In the heart of Phoenix we have Camelback Mountain. Per Strava, it is 2.2 miles round trip with…

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