ARIZONA ASSOCIATION FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS
The number of children in foster care in Arizona begins to decline for the first time in many years. From a high of nearly 19,000 children in care in 2016, the number of children in care drops to under 14,000. That’s the good news. The challenge remains, that for children coming in to foster care, their foster care ‘experience’ is not improving. Caregivers (foster and adoptive families and kinship caregivers), still do not receive the support they need. AZAFAP continues our founding tradition of ‘by families for families,’ and in 2016 served thousands of children and families with these unique, supportive events:
NACAC annually honors special individuals and groups by publicly recognizing their outstanding service and achievements in the areas of adoption and child welfare. AZAFAP is proud to have been presented the award for “Parent Group of the Year” at the 2019 NACAC conference held in Las Vegas.
“Tax Tips for Foster and Adoptive Parents” annual training provide valuable information and insights about the unique requirements of tax preparation for foster and adoptive parents.
AZAFAP added a “Spring Family Camp,” at Lost Canyon Camp in Williams, AZ and where more than 250 children and adults spend the weekend playing, networking and spending time with other families who are on the foster care and adoption journey.
Summer means the ‘Summer Staycation,’ that brings together more than 100 families for a weekend of fun and sun at a local resort in Phoenix and Tucson.
“Christmas in July” brings together children and families for a fun evening with Santa and Mrs. Claus, storytelling, and of course, Christmas presents!
The “Dad’s Day” event at three Top Golf venues brings foster and adoptive dads together to celebrate and talk about the joys and challenges of their foster care/adoption journey.
Recycle Your Bicycle added a “Bike Rodeo and Repair Fair” inviting all the kids who had received bikes from RYB the last two years to bring them back for repairs and sizing! Partnering with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the event also provided a bike safety rodeo & obstacle course at the event! The kids also got visits from fire trucks and other safety vehicles and enjoyed hot dogs and drinks!
In recognition of National Adoption Month, AZAFAP hosted a Premier Member only “Pool Safety and Awareness” event, giving away over 1600 bathing suits and towels to children. 51 families, including over 350 children, crashed the waves during a three hour private swim event at the Kiwanis Park Wave Pool in Tempe, Arizona.
AZAFAP gave away more than 1616 pairs of new shoes at the 2019 Shoe Giveaway at WSS in Phoenix and Mesa and DSW in Tucson.
AZAFAP partners with Helen’s Hope Chest, Jose’s Closet, Arizona Helping Hands and storage rooms across the state to make clothing and supplies available to families for their children in foster, adoptive and kinship placements.
The annual AZAFAP Family Camp adventure in the Fall, a “Pajama Party” themed camp brings together foster and adoptive families from across the state for a weekend of networking, support, training, dancing, hiking, fishing and lots of FUN.
Volunteers refurbish more than 1340 bicycles and give them away to children in foster care during the holiday season. An additional 500 children receive toys in the annual AZAFAP holiday toy and bike drive.
AZAFAP board members continue to provide input and support to DCS and legislators in decisions regarding children in foster care and the loving families who care for them.
AZAFAP Premier Member families received a “Holiday Blessing” card for Thanksgiving which included a $50 gift card from Kroger Stores for each family to shop for all the perfect fixings for their holiday dinners.