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December 2014 issue
by Nick Oza
CPS after-hours investigator Wendy Rosenberg talks to a 4-year-old outside his apartment. The boy's mother had
been taken to a psychiatric hospital after threatening suicide.
CPS after-hours investigator Wendy Rosenberg talks to a 4-year-old in the back of a police SUV. The boy's mother
had been taken to a psychiatric hospital after threatening suicide, and police put the child in their vehicle while waiting
for CPS to arrive.
Julius McDonald 8, cleans a bathroom helping her grandma. Dawn McDonald, adopted her grandson Julius McDonald
8, and Tobyus McDonald, 7, from CPS.
Mesa police officers search the home of a woman who left her children at a hospital. The CPS after-hours unit
received a call that the children were ill and the mother failed to get them medical attention. The mother fled after an
ambulance took the children to the hospital.
CPS caseworker Ashley Williams asks a child to show how old she is. Williams was investigating a report that the 3-
year-old may have been sexually abused by her mother's boyfriend.
A Phoenix police officer talks with a child as a CPS caseworker looks on. CPS was taking custody of the children.
One of the 4 year olds cries while her mother is being investigated by CPS case workers.
CPS caseworkers working with Phoenix Police and Detectives while CPS takes custody of the children.
Yvette Winsor, 18, reflects on her story about her foster care, which she's been in since she was 2 years old. She was
placed in at least 16 separate foster and adoptive homes, in addition to numerous stopovers in child crisis shelters.
Winsor participates in the state's independent living program for foster children who "age out" of the system, which
provides up to $715 a month for young adults up to age 21. Winsor works part time and expects to graduate from a
charter school next month. CPS removed Winsor and her six siblings in 1995 after their parents were arrested on drug
charges. Three siblings returned to Mexico to live with their father, a brother is living in Flagstaff, and Winsor believes
her younger sister is in the Valley, but hasn't seen her in nearly a decade. She has fond memories of several foster
families and a "Life Book" to help fill in the gaps. But she hopes families considering foster care and adoption will
"make sure when you help that kid, that you're going to be there for the rough times".
Terry Bose, a Phoenix Police detective (family investigations Bureau Crimes against Children Unit) looks at the bruises
and injuries to a boy at Childhelp Children's Center in Phoenix. Police, CPS, medical personnel and therapists work
together at the family advocacy center on child abuse and neglect cases. This boy's father is accused of beating him
and his four siblings.
A Phoenix Police detective measures and photographs injuries to a boy at Childhelp Children's Center in Phoenix.
This boy's father is accused of beating him and his four siblings.
CPS investigator Rebecca Wright, interviews a child at her school. The mother has been accused of neglecting the girl.
Campus Support leader Matthew Harris tries to calm a student before he enters class with other students at Devereux.
Adopted children from three families watch television at Sandy and Lyle Reed's home.
Rita Chavez tells a gruesome story about how her grandchildren were molested by her daughter’s boyfriend Pablo
Sandoval in 2007.
Perla Caroline Morales has been indicted on murder charges in the shooting of her two children Emma and Richard
Rosivich. She appears in a recent court hearing with Pima Co. Superior Court, Judge Roger L. Duncan, to enter a not-
guity plea from jail.
Rene Jose a friend of Richard Rosovich, blesses the house where two children, 4-year-old Emma and 17-month old
Richard were shot and killed by her mother. Richard Rosovich, 36, of Tucson tries to make sense of the murder of his
two children. Their mother, Perla Morales, 26, is in jail accused of shooting both children.
Isaac DeNigris, 16, prepares to leave a shelter after spending several weeks in foster care. Isaac and his brother were
adopted from the state's foster-care system 10 years ago, but Isaac began repeatedly running away. When his parents
eventually refused to pick him up from juvenile detention, fearing that he would run again, he was placed in foster care
and Child Protective Services opened a neglect investigation into his parents.