Foster Care & Adoption
Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) is the largest foster care provider in the state! We train and support foster care families who can open their hearts and homes to vulnerable children while their biological families are on the mend. We also collaborate with adoption placing agencies to provide a variety of adoption related services for those seeking to adopt internationally, privately and from the foster care system.
There are more than 17,000 children in Arizona’s foster care system and a critical need for more loving foster families to care for them across the state. Arizona’s Children Association recruits, trains and provide necessary support for foster families statewide. Resource families choose the agency they work with for their training, licensure and ongoing support. Arizona’s Children Association prides itself on a variety of unique programs and services to support our families.
Arizona’s Children Association’s foster families must be approved by the state through the foster licensing process, which includes orientation, interviews, required training hours, fingerprinting and home study. This process typically takes 4-6 months to complete. They must also be:
- 21 years of age
- married or single
- financially stable
- emotionally ready for parenting
- in good physical health
- free of serious CPS or criminal background
- flexible schedule to meet needs of children in care
- able to provide transportation for children
- willing to consider sibling groups
- available to take in children on emergency notice
- committed to reunification with the child’s biological family
Click here to visit the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) website.
Arizona’s Children Association works collaboratively with adoption placing agencies to provide a variety of adoption related services for those seeking to adopt internationally, privately and from the foster care system. We are experts at supporting families through the adoption certification process and beyond. We are pleased to offer a variety of adoption-related services across Arizona including:
- Recruitment, assessment, training and supervision of adoptive families for children in Arizona’s foster care system
- Interstate Compact (ICPC) services for children placed in Arizona by other county or state jurisdictions
- Home study and post placement services for attorney-facilitated adoptions, step-parent adoption, relative adoption and international placing agencies such as:
- Background checks
- CPS Clearances
- Severance Social Studies
- Pre and/or Post Placement Reports
- Final Adoption Studies
- Step parent adoptions
- Grandparent and family member adoptions
Arizona’s Children Association is committed to permanency for every child. All prospective adoptive parents will know their rights and receive education, decision consultation and post-placement services. AZCA has an after hours emergency number 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We work with children and families of all ages and abilities.
If you’d like to learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please contact us today.
Therapeutic Foster Care/Home Care Training to Home Care Client (HCTC) is a service that is provided to children who require a higher level of care and intervention as a result of the trauma they have endured. HCTC providers are licensed as professional foster parents and must have previous experience working in the behavioral health field, specifically with children and/or been licensed for at least one year as a foster parent. HCTC family providers are expected to provide therapeutic interventions to assist the child in meeting their targeted treatment goals. Arizona’s Children Association trains HCTC family providers in Common Sense Parenting techniques, which provides tools the HCTC family provider can utilize to assist the child in meeting their treatment goals, so the child may transition to a lower level of care or return to their family. HCTC family providers are considered professional members of the Child and Family Team (CFT) and are expected to attend and provide transportation for the child to all team meetings, medical appointments, therapy appointments, etc. HCTC family providers are limited to a capacity of two children and must be available 24/7 to meet the child’s needs.
Arizona’s Children Association recognizes how challenging it can be for an HCTC family provider to provide care 24/7 to children with severe behaviors and assigns a team to each HCTC family provider. The team is in place to assist in the licensing process, developing behavioral health interventions tailored to each child, and providing overall support. AzCA also has a 24/7 crisis line that the HCTC family providers can contact for assistance after normal business hours.
Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) and Courtesy Supervision contracts help to ensure the protection and services to children who are placed across state and county lines. The goal of ICPC/Courtesy Supervision is to support the long term or permanent placement of court wards, typically with family or other connected families, who reside outside the geographic scope of the CPS department that has jurisdiction over the children.
The ICPC/Courtesy Supervision program provides 5 basic services: homestudies of potential placements for wards of the court from out of area or out of state, foster care licensing recommendations for the same population of families, adoption services, courtesy supervision of the placement and guardianship reports to the court. Services provided through the ICPC program are driven by the referral from the area where the child is located. Services also include assessing the needs of the family and connecting them with available resources and community supports. This includes advocacy, contacting the sending states/districts and identifying and addressing barriers.
Located in Yavapai County, Child Haven offers support to local families in need including free resources such as clothing, diapers, formula and safety items; as well as information and referral resources for families in crisis.
If you are a parent, grandparent or anyone raising children and you find you need help in the Yavapai area, please contact Child Haven at 928.772.3435 or 1.888.771.3435.
Arizona’s Children Association conducts searches on behalf of adult adoptees, birth parents, or adoptive parents. Our certified staff, also known as Confidential Intermediaries (CI), help facilitate contact between the involved parties, while protecting court and agency records and the privacy of those requesting it.
This program can also be used to obtain non-identifying information regarding parties of an adoption looking for medical or genealogical history but who do not wish for personal contact. Information can be exchanged and facilitated through our Confidential Intermediaries.
Our staff work with clients to determine their motivations, possible outcomes, and potential access to support systems during the process. Staff are available to mediate any ongoing communication to support the relationship, maintain desired confidentiality, or address challenges that may arise.
Arizona Adoption Records
After an adoption is finalized, the birth certificate is amended and the original is sealed by the court along with the adoption certificate. Although these records are sealed to the public, Arizona law allows certified CIs access to these records in an effort to facilitate a search and attempt to make contact with other members of the adoption.
These laws are established to protect records and anonymity of those who desire it, while allowing access to parties that consent to it. Consent must be obtained from both parties in order to release information and facilitate a reunion.
Non-Identifying Background Information
Adult adoptees and/or adoptive parents may request a report detailing the social and medical background of the adopted person’s birth family. This report is compiled from information placed in the file during the adoption planning. It may also contain information about the nature of the birth parents’ relationship, preferences for future contact and decision making regarding the adoption.
Who qualifies for services?
- An adoptee who is at least 18 years of age
- Adoptive parents of an adoptee who is at least 18 years of age, or if the adoptive parents are deceased, the adoptee’s guardian
- If any adoptee is deceased, the adoptee’s spouse if the spouse is the legal parent or guardian of any child of the adoptee
- If any adoptee is deceased, any progeny of the adoptee who is at least 18 years of age
- Either of the birth parents of an adoptee
- If the birth parent of an adoptee is deceased, the parent of the birth parent
- A biological sibling of an adoptee if the sibling is at least 18 years of age
- A Confidential Intermediary cannot contact persons under 21 years of age without a court order