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.


In partnership with the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

Foster Care

There are more than 14,000 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.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, please click here to complete an interest form and we’ll contact you shortly.


FAQ’s       CLASSES & WORKSHOPS      Meet the Kids

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  • 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



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.

A foster families first step to becoming licensed is to visit and complete an orientation. This orientation will generate a certificate for attending the orientation.

Foster Parent College is a 5-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 the agency an opportunity to get to know one another. This pre-service training consists of 11 online courses and 15 hours of in-class instruction. In addition to this 5-week training course, foster families will also attend a trauma specific education class called Healing Through Relationships that will aid in their understanding of the effects of trauma and how to help children heal. The final pre-service required class is Medication Administration.

Towards the end of the 5 week Foster Parent College class, foster care 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. This will also be the time that children in the home will be interviewed. 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 foster care specialist will conduct a home inspection to ensure everything is in compliance with state standards.

After completing Foster Parent College, Healing Through Relationships, Medication Administration, and completing the necessary paperwork, foster care specialists finalize the information they need to complete your home study.

During the thirty to sixty days after a family completes Foster Parent College, foster care 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.



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
    • Certification Home Studies
    • Pre and/or Post Placement Reports
    • Final Adoption Studies

Adoption Home Study Requirements:
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Can be married or single
  • Be able to obtain a Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • In good physical health and have a physician a medical statement
  • Sufficient family income and proof of all income
  • Home Study (family interview and assessment of no less than four hours of interviewing per state law)
  • Additional documents may be required

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. If you are interested in learning more, please click here to complete an interest form and we’ll contact you shortly.

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.



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