Returning Alana Maldonado to her mother is important to Alana's entire well being. Alana has been raised by her mother since birth and has made strong attachment bonds with her mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Returning Alana to her mother and her home is in her very best interest developmentally and it is where she wants to be. This organization has made very questionable and hasty decisions in the case involving Alana.
This instance in particular is only one singular example of why the state must organize services for children who have no caretaker at the time their parents are admitted into a hospital. A program that fits will work more efficiently and consentrate service costs where they are needed most.
When the AZDES/DCYF will streamline services to meet needs of the different types of cases this sort of method lessens the trauma it places on children and families, like Alana and her family as well as provides a more comprehensive and effective service for children, youth and families statewide.
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