Gov. Doug Ducey this week signed an executive order creating the Governor’s Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment.
The council will coordinate faith-based and community resources for children and families within the child welfare system and offer additional support to families caring for foster and adopted children.
It was established as part of the reorganization of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, which will oversee the administration of the council.
“There are so many community and faith-based organizations looking for an outlet to better serve our families,” said GOYFF Director Debbie Moak.
“This council will help us to align and leverage their efforts across Arizona, while carrying out this administration’s mission to help as many children as possible. I’m honored Gov. Ducey has entrusted me to serve in this meaningful and important role.”
First Lady Angela Ducey will serve as chair of the council.
“Whether as a parent or a public servant, there is no higher priority than the well-being of our children,” said Mrs. Ducey.
“All Arizona kids deserve a safe and loving home, and we should do everything in our power to ensure they have that opportunity. This council will be crucial to connecting community and faith-based organizations with families in-need. I look forward to working with Debbie and the rest of the members to improve the lives of Arizona’s vulnerable.”
The new Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment will integrate the family and youth-focused work previously done by the Arizona Council on Faith and Community Partnerships.