The Department of Child Safety formerly known as a Child Protective Services currently serves children and families in Santa Cruz County. The office is located at the Department of Economic Security in Nogales, Arizona on the top floor. The DCS for years have assisted children, youth and families in Santa Cruz County. The role of DCS is to protect children and youth in Arizona. When a report is made to the state of a suspected child abuse or neglect case it is sent to local offices. The local office is responsible for investigating the case and ensuring the safety of the child or youth. Children and youth removed from their homes are often placed with family members or foster parents until their parents meet court requirements.
Their main objective of the Department of Child Safety is protect the wellbeing of children and youth in the county, so they have an opportunity to thrive in a safe loving home where their needs are being met. The DCS office is dedicated to keeping families together. They work with parents, caregivers, and family relatives by providing support and education to help them learn to be better caregivers.
The DCS office along with other local organizations in Santa Cruz County for years, have hosted the Annual Child Abuse Awareness Walkathon. This year will be the 7th year hosting this event. The event will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Pierson Vocational High School at 451 N. Arroyo Blvd., Nogales AZ from 9:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. “Proceeds from this event go directly to help foster children and youth within the system of care with clothes and personal care items,” said Marie Montenegro-Ochoa program supervisor for the local DCS in Santa Cruz County.
The main sponsors for this event are the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office, CASA of Santa Cruz County, Child and Family Resources, and Mariposa Community Health Center. For more information on the walkathon or to participate please contact the local Department of Child Safety at (520) 377-5900. If you would like to make a donation a Walmart gift cards are welcome to help support the emergency needs of local foster children.