We’re still here to serve Arizona’s children, youth and families

Arizona’s Children Association’s (AzCA) key focus area is to continue to provide Arizona youth and families with the level of support and service they deserve. Since 1912, AzCA has continued to progress in order to remain a leader in the fields of child welfare and behavioral health, and to further our mission of protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families.

This “new normal” we have found ourselves in is an opportunity to reflect and grow in resiliency. The coronavirus pandemic has empowered our organization to evolve in many different ways. Like many businesses and organizations, this public health crisis has us re-evaluating and re-allocating our resources in other areas where we can have a greater impact on the lives of those we serve.

As with most industries, staffing for community-based social service programs has been challenging across Arizona and nationally. AzCA’s reorganization plan outlines our strategies for increasing staffing resources. With over 300 open positions statewide, in order to meet the needs of the communities we serve and provide high quality services, we came to the realization that we have to decrease our footprint.

Our reorganization process required us to take a hard look at each of our programs and locations to determine how we can best meet the needs of clients and families that rely on us now. In order to make these pivotal changes, we began looking at those programs and physical sites where we are able to make more of an impact in the community, and harness our resources on improving and growing those programs to better meet the needs of children and families.

For that reason, we have had to make some very difficult decisions in order to deliver the best outcomes and the highest level of attention. Although AzCA will still continue to support clients on a statewide level, moving forward, we will no longer have a physical office in Sierra Vista, Safford, Apache Junction or Surprise. Current staff who are affected by these closures will be given the opportunity to move to a different AzCA office or program. As for those we serve who do not wish to travel, fortunately, there are a number of other great organizations in these areas who continue to provide a similar service, and we will be connecting our current clients with them. For those communities we will continue to serve, we expect to improve caseload sizes for our staff, improving work/life balance, and ultimately our quality of care by decreasing our footprint.

In the future, AzCA hopes to reopen sites and/or implement new programs in communities where our services are needed most. AzCA continues to evolve, which has allowed us to remain strong and at the forefront of supporting Arizona’s most vulnerable children and families for 110 years.

If you are interested in being a part of our future, and the future of Arizona’s children and families, please visit us at www.ArizonasChildren.org for information on career opportunities and ways to give. Sign-on bonuses are available for many open positions.

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