A. Beginning on January 1, 1998, the child abuse prevention fund is established consisting of monies received pursuant to section 12-284.03, subsection A, paragraph 3, section 36-3504, subsection C, sections 41-178 and 43-613. The director shall administer the fund for the purposes prescribed in this article.

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 8-550.01

  • Abuse: means the infliction or allowing of physical injury, impairment of bodily function or disfigurement or the infliction of or allowing another person to cause serious emotional damage as evidenced by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal or untoward aggressive behavior and which emotional damage is diagnosed by a medical doctor or psychologist and is caused by the acts or omissions of an individual who has the care, custody and control of a child. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Director: means the director of the department. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Prevention: means the creation of conditions, opportunities and experiences that encourage and develop healthy, self-sufficient children and that occur before the onset of problems. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.

B. Subject to legislative appropriation, the director shall expend monies in the fund to provide financial assistance to community child abuse and neglect prevention programs and family resource programs that, in the judgment of the director, offer prevention services and family resource programs to children and their parents or guardians and that comply with departmental accounting and auditing rules for the receipt of public monies.

C. Subject to legislative appropriation, the director may expend not more than five per cent of the monies in the fund for administrative expenses related to the fund.

D. The appropriated funds shall only be used for the designated purposes specified in statute.

E. Monies in the fund do not revert to the state general fund.

F. For the purposes of this section, "family resource program" means a program that offers community-based services that provide sustained assistance and support to a family at various stages in its development and that promotes parental competence and behavior that will lead to the healthy and positive personal development of parents and children through:

1. Assistance to build family skills and assist parents in improving their capacity to be supportive and nurturing.

2. Assistance to enable a family to use other formal and informal resources and opportunities for assistance that are available within the family’s community.

3. Supportive networks to enhance the child rearing capacity of parents and to assist in compensating for the increased social isolation and vulnerability of a family.