Foster/Adopt

 


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.




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Foster Care

There are more than 18,000 children in Arizona’s foster care system and there is a critical need for foster families to care for them across the state. We recruit, train and provide necessary supports for our foster families. We pride ourselves on having a variety of unique programs and services available to help meet their needs.

We welcome traditional and non-traditional, single or two-parent families regardless of race, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin or disability.

 

FAQ’s       CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

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REVIEW THE REQUIREMENTS
  • 21 years of age
  • Married or single
  • Financially stable
  • Emotionally ready for parenting
  • In good physical health
  • Free of serious DCS 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

 

Attend an Orientation

We’ll discuss the needs of children in care, what it takes to foster or adopt, the process of licensing/certification and the support/resources we provide our families.

Orientation Schedule

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Background Check, Home Study,
Home Inspection & Training

Our foster families must be approved by the state through the foster licensing process, which includes a background check, interviews, required training hours, fingerprinting and home study. This process typically takes 4-6 months to complete and begins with an initial visit to your home to review general requirements, paperwork and training.

Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAPP) classes are part of a 10-week training course. This training is intended to aid potential foster/adoptive parents in understanding the children’s needs, introduces parents to the child welfare system and their role, and gives families and an opportunity to get to know each other.

Towards the end of the 10 weeks, specialists will schedule interviews with all adult members of the household. These are typically 2-3 hour individual interviews to get to know your family, your childhood, your education and job experience, your relationships, and significant life events and how they have affected you. Home inspections are also usually completed during these last weeks of training. For a foster family, when they are ready, the Office of Licensing and Regulation (OLR) conducts a home inspection. For adoptive families, your specialist will conduct a home inspection to ensure everything is in compliance with state standards.

After completing PS-MAPP training and completing the necessary paperwork, specialists return to your home for another visit. At this visit, specialists finalize the information they need to complete your home study. This may also be the time that children in the home will be interviewed.

During the thirty to sixty days after a family completes PS-MAPP, specialists write your home study which is usually 20 – 25 pages. This is a report on all of the information gathered about the family, background, training, experiences, how the family operates and any other relevant information. For foster families, the home study is submitted to the Office of Licensure and Regulation for licensing and may take several weeks to review the studies. When a foster family is licensed, they go on AzCA’s placement list and are ready to be matched with children who need a home.

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Adoption

We 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. We are experts at supporting families through the adoption certification process and beyond.

 

Our adoption-related services include:

  • 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
  • Step parent adoptions
  • Grandparent and family member adoptions

  • Home study and post placement services for attorney-facilitated adoptions, step-parent adoption, relative adoption and international placing agencies such as:
    • Fingerprinting
    • Background checks
    • DCS Clearances
    • Severance Social Studies
    • Pre and/or Post Placement Reports
    • Final Adoption Studies

 

We are committed to permanency for every child. All prospective adoptive parents will know their rights and receive education, decision consultation and post-placement services. We have an after-hours emergency number that is available 24/7. We work with children and families of all ages and abilities. For more information, please contact your local office or email fosteradopt@arizonaschildren.org.

Therapeutic Foster Care

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 than regular foster care can provide. Our HCTC homes provide a safe and highly structured living environment for children with moderate to severe behavioral and emotional challenges.

These children require the maximum amount of support and supervision that a family can provide. Our licensed HCTC foster parents work with the children and teach them healthy social and coping skills to assist them in meeting life challenges with positive responses.

HCTC Providers must:

  • Be at least 25 years old and have experience working with traumatized children
  • Have room in the home for each child to have his/her own bedroom
  • Be emotionally, physically and financially stable
  • Pass a home inspection, a basic physical exam, a DCS clearance check, and obtain a Level One Fingerprint Clearance card
  • Have at least one stay at home parent. This person will be the primary caregiver, and should be the person with the required skill set. Single applicants must have very flexible schedule.
  • Attend extensive training and participate in the home study and interview process
  • Work as a member of a therapeutic team, attend meetings and therapy sessions
  • Accept and understand behaviors of children who have been impacted by trauma
  • Be willing to learn new skills

 

We will support your family and the children in your home beginning with the placement matching process all the way through discharge. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a provider, please click here to complete an interest form and we’ll contact you shortly.

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Our Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) and Courtesy Supervision contracts help to ensure the protection and services to children who are placed in foster care across state and county lines. The goal of this program is to support the long term or permanent placement of the children in care, typically with family or other connected families, who reside outside the geographic area of the DCS department that has jurisdiction over the children.

 

Our services include:
  • Home studies of potential placements
  • Foster care licensing recommendations
  • Adoption services
  • Courtesy supervision of the placement
  • Guardianship reports to the court

Services provided through the program are driven by the referral from the area where the child is located. We also assess the needs of the family and connect them with available resources and community supports. This includes advocacy, contacting the sending states/districts and identifying and addressing barriers.

For more information, please contact your local office or email fosteradopt@arizonaschildren.org.

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Project Jigsaw

A child should never be without a permanent, loving home. Unfortunately, this is the reality for more than 17,000 children and youth in Arizona’s foster care system. We’ve come together with Equality Arizona to launch a collaborative community effort called Project Jigsaw: Connecting Every Child to a Loving Family. This grassroots campaign focuses on building a diverse coalition of Arizonans working together to create an environment where all couples, regardless of sexual orientation or gender, are provided the opportunity to build a loving family for amazing children.

 

Our efforts will be achieved by:

  • Ensuring all prospective parents have equal opportunity to foster and adopt.
  • Offering parents, providers, and stakeholders the resources they need to navigate the foster care and adoption process. This includes identifying agencies, lawyers and counselling services well versed in the specific needs of LGBTQ families considering fostering or adoption.
  • Sharing stories of Arizona families created by adoption and fostering, moving past the outdated and damaging stigma and stereotypes that too often prevail.
  • Advocating for the necessary policy and procedural changes in Arizona, from improved training and processes to legislative and technical policy changes.

Be it for political or policy based reasons, no child should be denied a permanent, loving home. Yet, despite some of the recent gains in equality across the nation, there are still many obstacles to connecting children with loving families here in Arizona.

 

Become Involved

To learn more about the campaign or how you can get involved in the effort to break down obstacles to connecting Arizona’s children with loving families, click here. Or, make a donation to help the cause!

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If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, contact your local office or email pjfosteradopt@arizonaschildren.org.