1. What does Arizona's Children Association do?
Arizona's Children Association is a statewide child welfare and behavioral health organization operating in all 15 counties in Arizona. Our mission is to protect children and preserve families. We do that by committing ourselves to providing each child with a healthy family environment on a permanent basis. We currently provide more than 40 diverse programs such as in-home counseling, behavior management, parenting skill development, emergency financial assistance, adoption and foster care, among others.
2. How are you different from other non-profit, child welfare organizations?
The biggest difference is that we are statewide. Few child welfare organizations in the state offer services from border to border. Arizona’s Children Association is also the oldest and largest organization of its kind dedicated to providing child welfare and behavioral health services.
Founded in 1912, Arizona's Children Association employs highly trained and skilled professionals who are committed to serving some 45,000 Arizona children and families annually. Dedicated to our mission to protect children and preserve families, we offer programs and services that address the full spectrum of needs in today’s child welfare and behavioral health arena.
3. What types of programs do you offer?
Arizona’s Children Association offers more than 40 child welfare and behavioral health programs that fall into three primary categories: intervention, prevention and permanency. Statewide, counselors and therapists work primarily in the family home providing individual and family therapy and counseling, life skills education and training, as well as support.
Programs also exist throughout the state that are focused on recruiting and training foster parents and finding adoptive homes for children who, for whatever reason, are unable to live with their biological family. Infant and older child adoption programs vary by region.
4. How are children referred to you?
Children are referred to us by a variety of sources. Medical professionals can make direct referrals to our Agency, but often clients are referred by Child Protective Services, agencies of Arizona’s Mental Health System and the Juvenile Court System. We are also a resource for Tribal Governments throughout Arizona who often refer individuals and families to our services as an alternative to their own programs. Families not yet in crisis will also seek us out on an individual basis because they want help, before they need help.
5. What is your budget and how are you funded?
Our budget is over $34 million annually. Our funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal and state contracts, foundation grants, corporate gifts, special events, and private individuals.
6. How many employees and volunteers do you have?
Including full-time, part-time and on-call workers, Arizona’s Children Association employs more than 600 professionally trained, caring and dedicated staff in both administrative and clinical roles, plus 550 foster family partners and more than 500 volunteers.
7. What are your greatest needs?
Like most not-for-profit agencies, our greatest need is financial support. Though we do have a variety of revenue sources that support our programs and our staff, we need financial contributions from the community to help us to expand our reach. These contributions allow us to provide additional services for children and their families and most importantly provide the foundation for many of our prevention programs including The Parent Connection, New Directions Institute, Golden Gate Community Center, and the KARE Family Center.
Often, private gifts from individuals, corporations, and organizations are used to leverage additional dollars from state and federal sources. Many of our programs require this match to ensure the flow of government grants.
Arizona's Children Association is an IRS-designated 501(C)3 non-profit organization, which means your contributions are tax deductible if you itemize your deductions. Please consult a tax adviser for details.
8. How can I help?
There are a number of ways to get involved with Arizona’s Children Association. Making a donation is one way. You can also contact your local or regional office to inquire about special volunteer programs, or learn about foster or adoptive parent opportunities, or internship programs.
9. What do I do if I want more information?
To request more information about Arizona’s Children Association click on and complete the Request for Information Form. You can also contact your local or regional office directly for details about the programs and services offered near you.