ARIZONA ASSOCIATION FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS
The number of children in foster care in Arizona has begun to increase again over the last year to over 14,000. 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 2019 and 2020 served thousands of children and 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 two Family Camps annually in the cooler pines of Prescott 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 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 provided over 1,000 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 brand new bikes are being provided due to the pandemic preventing community participation.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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. The fall picnic became a Trunk or Treat drive-through event by Alpha Kappa Psi!
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 2019 which included a $50 gift card from Kroger Stores for each family to shop for all the perfect fixings for their holiday dinners.