March 8, 2021

March is National Social Work Month

More than 700,000 social workers nationwide make life better for others, every day. The Oxford Dictionary defines Social Work as “work carried out by trained personnel with the aim of alleviating the conditions of those in need of help or welfare.” Social Workers empower people, providing the skills, resources, and […]

February 15, 2021

Supporting Diversity & Inclusion All Year Long

We recently celebrated the only United States federal holiday designated as a day of service, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Now, we’re honoring Black History Month, a time of year when many people are talking about social justice, diversity, and inclusion. To help our staff, children and families become culturally […]

January 27, 2021

Enthusiasm for Kindergarten Readiness

Written by Salli Maxwell, Family Education & Support Services Program Supervisor at AzCA Parents are children’s first and best teachers, and I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting with those who seek support in that role, having taught classes with Arizona’s Children Association’s Family Education and Support Services […]

January 12, 2021

January Is National Mentoring Month

Across the United States, 1 in 3 youth will reach adulthood and ‘age out’ of the foster care system without the help of a stable family or mentor. Applying this to the U.S. Census demographics for 8-18 year olds, it projects that 16 million young people, including 9 million at-risk […]

December 11, 2020

The Charro Foundation Helps To Raise Readers

Arizona’s Children Association is honored to be selected to receive a grant for $5,000 to help support the Family Education and Support Services Raising-A-Reader program. 2020 marks the second year that The Charro Foundation has supported AzCA’s chapter of Raising-A-Reader. With the help of The Charro Foundation, AzCA can deliver […]

December 9, 2020

Penny Pitch Celebrating 25th Year

2020 marks the 25th year of Penny Pitch hosted by 99.5 KiiM FM. For the first time, KiiM-FM will broadcast for 5 days: December 14-18th from 6am-7pm with a collection drop-off site on location at the Tucson Mall. Penny Pitch was started as a radio event that brings together Arizona’s […]

November 11, 2020

Statement: We are #AzCAStrong

At Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA), we stand together in opposition to racism, hatred, and discrimination. We value the diversity of our staff, children, youth and families across the state, and remain committed to promoting inclusion and support of our friends and families in the LGBTQ community. Here at AzCA, we […]

October 21, 2020

NMT Completed over 1,000 Assessments and are currently open for referrals

In May of 2017, Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA), began the 14 month training on the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). By 2018, NMT trained Assessors began working within the agency and the community to provide NMT assessments across the state.    What is NMT? NMT is an evidence-based, holistic, “trauma-informed,” […]

October 7, 2020

Give the Gift of Hope

Most children spend the holidays enjoying the traditions of the season; family festivities, feasts, adornments and finally getting to open those enticing packages. The truth is, this is merely a dream for many Arizona children who are living in foster care or for families facing financial difficulties. The holidays can […]

October 7, 2020

The effects of COVID-19 on foster families

Recent news surrounding the pandemic has focused on the uncertain transition into the new school year. Not only is COVID-19 changing education, but it is also affecting youth in the child welfare system in many unique ways. Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA), among other organizations, have had to become more innovative […]