Becoming a Foster Parent
Are you interested in becoming a foster parent? Good for you. In the words of one member, “it’s the hardest job you’ll ever love.” To learn more, click the link to the AZ Department of Child Safety below. To talk to a an experienced foster or adoptive family, contact AZAFAP at 602-884-1801.
AZAFAP Support Groups
In addition to offering support groups, we are also in need of facilitators statewide. Training is available to qualified individuals. To learn more details about the support groups or becoming a group facilitator, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Support Groups
Below are resources that we’ve collected for our families. We welcome suggestions to add other groups. Email us at email@example.com
Support group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7830 E. University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85207 at 7:30 pm. Check the ASA website for more information.
Central Christian Church Gilbert meets the second Thursday of the month at 965 E. Germann Rd, Gilbert from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.
Adoptive/Foster/Kinship Parent Support Group. 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, 21436 N. 20th Avenue, #201, Phoenix AZ. (park by the mail boxes) Bring a notebook or journal. You must contact Carol Barger at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend.
Don’t know where to turn? Call AZAFAP at 602-884-1801 and we’ll do our best to direct you to the person or resource you need. The following are useful phone numbers that may also be helpful:
- Licensing Agencies
- Behavioral Health Services for DCS Involved Children
- Warm Line
- DCS BH Unit
- DCS Ombudsman
- DCS Family Advocacy
- CPS Office Numbers
AZ Kids Consortium has compiled a list of foster & adoptive family licensing agencies. Click here to learn more.
Behavioral Health Services for DCS Involved Children January 14, 2016 The Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) through the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHAs) provides an urgent response to all children and adolescents who are removed from their home by the Department of Child Safety (DCS). DBHS requires that children and youth removed by DCS:
- Be seen and have a completed assessment within 72 hours of removal.
- Receive a behavioral health urgent response, a comprehensive assessment
- and remain open for behavioral health services for a minimum of 6 months.
Each RBHA has a DCS Liaison to assist DCS staff and foster families with accessing necessary behavioral health services. The RBHAs have a single point of contact to assist foster parents with ensuring that children removed by DCS receive appropriate and timely behavioral health services to meet their needs. The RBHA DCS email single point of contact can be used by DCS staff, foster parents, and congregate care providers to send questions and/or request any assistance in navigating or obtaining behavioral health services.
FOSTER FAMILIES HAVE A VOICE. DO NOT WAIT. CALL YOUR DESIGNATED RBHA DCS CONTACT:
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC) Maricopa County
Randy Grover, LCSW Child Welfare Manager (480) 751-8471
RBHA Member Services 1 (800) 564-5465
Health Choice Integrated Care (HCIC) Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo & Yavapai Counties
Victoria Tewa Director of Children’s Services (928) 214-1194
RBHA Member Services 1 (800) 640-2123
Cenpatico Integrated Care (C-IC) Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Pinal & Yuma Counties
Nichol Houser MSW, M.Ed. CMDP Liaison 1 (866) 495-6738 x26193
RBHA Customer Service 1 (866) 495-6738
If you are unable to satisfactorily resolve your concern through the single point of contact at the RBHA or their member services line, please contact the DBHS Customer Service line for support at 602-364-4558 or 1-800-867-5808. This allows the state to not only address individual concerns but also identify and resolve barriers to accessing quality services that could impact others. Anyone can call Customer Service whenever you are experiencing difficulty with accessing needed behavioral health services in a timely manner or have concerns related to the quality of services received. We are here to support foster families!
Unable to reach your Case Manager in a timely fashion and need an answer now?
The Foster Parent Warm Line is a toll-free number for resource parents who are experiencing crisis situations and cannot reach their Child Protective Services’ (CPS) case manager in a timely manner. By calling 1-877-KIDSNEEDU (1-877-543-7633) and selecting Option 3, resource parents will be connected to a Warm Line designee. The line is staffed from 8:15a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Messages may be left at any time of the day or night. Staff’s goal is to respond to those messages within the next business day so resource parents feel supported in getting their needs met in serving our children.
The intent of the Warm Line is to provide resource parents with information, assistance with authorizations for services, timely communication, and support. It is not intended to discourage or replace direct and regular communication between the CPS case manager and the resource parent.
Click to view PDF list ➜ DCS BH Unit Contacts
DCS Ombudsman/ Marcy Morales 602-542-2203
DCS Family Advocacy: 1-877-527-0765 or 602-364-0777
Online listing click here to view
Create a fun and informative sheet for the kids entering into your family. Download this free word template courtesy of AZAFAP.
State Tax Credit for QFCO form
Download the State Tax Credit for Qualified Foster Care Charitable Organization form