September 11, 2019

Arizona’s Children Association Announces New President & CEO

Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) announced this week that its board of directors has selected Jacob Schmitt as the organization’s next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. This decision followed the passing of their late President and Chief Executive Officer, Denise Ensdorff, in May of this year. “When we lost […]

August 1, 2019

Expanding Services for our Kinship Families

The number of kinship families – families who are raising their relatives’ children – are increasing rapidly here in Arizona. These families have unique challenges and need a variety of services to remain stable and ensure the safety of the children in their care. Kinship care offers children greater permanency, […]

July 30, 2019

Community leaders put on their dancing shoes for kids!

We are proud to announce the 5th Annual “Dancing for Arizona’s Children” Dance Challenge and Brunch on December 7th from 10am-2pm at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. We invite you to attend this exciting event and help us raise awareness and funds for our Foster Care, Adoption, Kinship, and Family Education […]

July 30, 2019

An All-Nighter to Remember

Recently, nearly 70 current and former foster youth (ages 16-20) participated in the 11th Annual Maricopa County Youth Convening. This 24-hour fun and educational lock-in, led by the Department of Child Safety (DCS), took place at the First Baptist Church of Scottsdale. The event began as a way to create […]

July 29, 2019

A Legacy Worth Leaving

RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is Keller Williams’ annual day of service. Each year, they celebrate this day as part of their ‘legacy worth leaving’ and embodies the generous spirit and commitment their associates have to giving back to the cities and towns they live and […]

July 29, 2019

Sesame Street Welcomes New Puppet in Foster Care

Written By: Madelyn Lancaster Sesame Street is a timeless show for children of all ages, races and cultures. I have always respected that. Since its premier in the 1960’s, a time when our country was devastatingly segregated, Sesame Street incorporated people of all races. For a society in which media […]

May 21, 2019

In Memory of Denise Ensdorff

It is with great sadness that we announce that Denise Ensdorff, President and Chief Executive Officer of AzCA, passed away unexpectedly on May 15, 2019 while traveling for business. The entire AzCA family mourns this loss, as we are so grateful for her devotion and leadership. On behalf of our […]

February 4, 2019

National Mentoring Month 2019

In January, we celebrated #NationalMentoringMonth along with many other organizations across the country that find mentoring to be pivotal to a young adult’s future successes. At Arizona’s Children Association, we serve a population of young adults that have experienced foster care, spending an average of 12 months in the system. Often […]

October 24, 2018

2018 Barn Bash

Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) is teaming up with Gowan Science Academy to raise “Change for Children” at their 6th Annual Barn Bash. Funds raised from this exciting, family-friendly event will benefit the children and families served by AzCA in Yuma.     Special thanks to our sponsors! Platinum Sponsors: Mary Barkley     Silver Sponsors: […]

August 31, 2018

We’ve been Re-accredited!

Arizona’s Children Association has been re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA)! What is COA? Accreditation from COA is the international standard for high quality care in the fields of child welfare, behavioral health and prevention services. “Founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service […]