The DCS Office of Prevention was established to prevent child abuse/neglect. To support the needs of children and strengthen families, the Office of Prevention collaborates with the Community, Service Providers, Stakeholders and the DCS Field Staff. Through these collaborations, the Office of Prevention leverages resources, education, training and programs based on best practices to serve Arizona’s children and families.
The Safe Sleep campaign involves educating families about safe sleep practices and providing them with resources for cribs if needed. The DCS Baby Box program also helps to spread the word about safe sleep practices by requiring parents of newborns to complete a safe sleep training prior to receiving their baby box. Parents who receive a box are also required to sign a commitment form that states they have been trained on safe sleep practices and are committed to properly using them. LEARN MORE
The CarePortal empowers local churches and agencies to help local children and families in crisis.
Healthy Families Arizona
Healthy Families Arizona (HFAz) is a free and voluntary home visitation program that serves pregnant women and families of newborns. HFAz is a prevention program dedicated to supporting families in their quest to be the best parents they can be. Program services are designed to strengthen families during the critical first years of a child’s life. LEARN MORE
Building Resilient Families
The Building Resilient Families Program supports families through engagement in a continuum of family-centered services. the program aims to build resilience within the family by using community-based, accessible, and culturally responsive services.
The SENSE Program
The SENSE program provides services for families referred by DCS after the birth of a substance exposed infant. The program develops and implements a coordinated Family Service Plan with your family and with staff from Intensive In-Home services, Arizona Families FIRST, Healthy Families, and DCS case management. A nurse also visits your home to perform their own assessment and evaluations concerning development and overall health of your infant. This program aims to keep your infant in your home while you work with service providers to learn new skills and work to maintain your sobriety.
The DCS Fast Pass Program is an upcoming project that will streamline services for families involved with DCS through collaboration with other state agencies. These services would include TANF, WIC, AHCCCS, Nutrition Assistance, and Home Visitor Programs.
Regional Prevention Councils
The Regional Child Abuse Prevention Councils are primarily voluntary groups of child welfare workers, community members, school personnel and other professionals located in 17 different areas of the state of Arizona. The Councils organize public engagement campaigns to heighten public awareness of child abuse and neglect, and most of all, what the community can do to assist in prevention. LEARN MORE