ARIZONA ASSOCIATION FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS
The number of children in foster care in Arizona is still over 13,000. The challenge remains, that for children coming into 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 2021 served thousands of children in hundreds of families with these unique, supportive events:
The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) annually awards 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 provides valuable information and insights about the unique requirements of tax preparation for foster and adoptive parents.
AZAFAP is now providing three Family Camp sites annually in the cooler pines of Prescott, Mayer and Williams, AZ where more than 250 children and adults spend each of the weekends playing, networking and spending time with other families who are on the foster care and adoption journey.
Summer means the “Summer Staycations” happen and bring together more than 100 families for a few weekends of fun and sun at local resorts in Phoenix and Tucson.
The annual “Fore Family Fun” event in June at multiple Top Golf venues Phoenix and Tucson brings foster and adoptive families together to connect through a fun family activity.
Recycle Your Bicycle has provided over 11,000 bikes to children and many more toys for those who already have a bike! This annual event has hundreds of volunteers refurbishing bicycles throughout fall until the big day in December! We thank the community for their continued donation of bikes. In 2020 and 2021, brand new bikes were provided due to the pandemic preventing community participation. We are now collecting bikes in 2022!
In recognition of National Adoption Month in November, AZAFAP has community groups who lovingly sew handmade quilts for children who have been adopted each year.
AZAFAP gave away more than 1600 pairs of new shoes at the 2021 Shoe Event at WSS in Phoenix and Mesa and DSW in Tucson.
AZAFAP provided more than 1000 jackets for kids at malls in Tempe and in Tucson! Any store could be chosen by the children to choose their own jacket, and our amazing volunteers were quick on their feet to help them check out!
AZAFAP has Kids on the Grow Clothing Closet in Coolidge and partners with other organizations and storage rooms across the state to make clothing and supplies available to families for their children in foster, adoptive and kinship placements.
AZAFAP’s new Caregiver Advisory Panel works collaboratively with the Department of Child Safety to help improve the foster care experience for children and caregivers. Foster, kinship and adoptive parents from across the state participate in the panel on a quarterly basis.
Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity at Arizona State University sponsors picnics in the spring and fall that bring together more than 1000 adults and children for fun, networking and support. During 2020 and 2021 AZAFAP provided a “virtual picnic” to its members where they got to pick up meals for their whole family from a statewide sub shop, Firehouse Subs, and enjoy with other families safely online. 2022 is back in person and the Spring Superheroes Picnic was a huge success!
AZAFAP’s 9 board members, who are all foster, kinship or adoptive parents, continue to be active leaders of AZAFAP events that support and embrace families.
AZAFAP Premier Member families received a “Thankful Box” for Thanksgiving 2021 which included a free Netflix movie rental code, snacks for the family movie night, and a $20 gift card for a local grocery store.