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Arizona Group Homes Face New Rules As Number Of Foster Children Grows

(Photo by Casey Kuhn - KJZZ)
Kris Jacober is a foster parent and director of the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation.

There are almost 19,000 kids in out-of-home care in Arizona and that number is growing. Meanwhile, state rules are changing to give caretakers more freedom in raising their foster children.


Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.