15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Cave Creek, AZ 85327
Anna Arnold has dedicated her life to protecting Arizona's children. Her social work career spans 26 years in both prevention and protection.
In her position as the Child Protective Services Program Manager for Maricopa County, Ms. Arnold assumed responsibility for creating three new and innovative programs: the Project THRIVE Program for substance exposed newborns, the Intensive Family Preservation Program, and the Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program. She established the State Office of Prevention and Family Support in 1994. Under her leadership, the Healthy Families Arizona Home Visitation Program doubled in size, Federal funding for the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program increased, and the nationally recognized Family Builders Program was created.
In the last three years of her career as the Assistant Director of the Division of Children, Youth and Families, Ms. Arnold provided leadership to Child Protective Services as well as to prevention staff. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona National Association of Social Workers in March 2002 and the Healthy Families Arizona Vision Award in December 2002. Although she retired from Arizona State service in December 2002, Ms. Arnold continues to be involved with the Healthy Families Arizona Steering Committee.