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Since the Great Recession, Arizona has cut programs that help poor families and spent more money on foster care and adoption services. The results have been tragic.
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Teenage pregnancy isn't typically thought of as a problem for sexual minorities — yet their risk of pregnancy is often higher. The possible explanations are complicated.
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This reporting is supported by the University of Southern California Center for Health Journalism National Fellowship....
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Michigan has made successful family reunification a priority. The program is separate from the state’s child welfare and foster care system, and is considered a national leader.
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Within California, there is an incredible variation in childhood adversity scores, from lows in San Francisco County to highs in Butte County.
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Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Los Angeles County and they’re hitting communities of color the hardest. It's a problem that goes way beyond risky individual behaviors.
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Children in troubled families are often destined for troubled lives — unless they get help before their brains become “hard-wired for stress.”
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Fixing our foster care crisis” was made possible through major funding from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and additional support from the University of Southern California Annenberg Center's Fund for Journalism on Child Well-being. 
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Several months into their investigation, two reporters realized they lacked one key element: "The voices of children who had been affected by the system, and their parents."
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Juana, an immigrant mother from Guatemala, endured a terrible series of health and family crises. Yet despite her suffering and agony, her church urged her not seek out mental health help.

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