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 here. 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 email@example.com.
Have a virtual chat with other foster, adoptive and kinship parents every Friday night from 9pm – 10pm. For parents only, and not recommended for children to view. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Karin Peak – I 17 & 101
Karin facilitates the support group on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7 pm – 8 pm. You must RSVP to Karen if you plan to attend the classes. For more information or to RSVP to attend, please email her at email@example.com.
Other Support Groups
Below are resources that we’ve collected for our families. We welcome suggestions to add other groups. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adoptive Families Coalition
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 email@example.com if you are planning to attend.
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
Central Christian Church Gilbert meets the second Thursday of the month at 965 E. Germann Rd, Gilbert from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.
Behavioral Health Services for DCS Children
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!
Community Information and Referrals
211 from your phone or 877-211-8661
Arizona Department of Education, Special Education
Create a fun and informative sheet for the kids entering into your family. Download this free word template courtesy of AZAFAP. DOWNLOAD HERE.
AZ Food Banks
St. Mary’s Food Bank
3131 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85017
Market on the Move/The 3000 Club
1741 W. Rose Garden Lane, #6
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Desert Mission Food Bank
9229 N. 4th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020
The Cultural Cup Food Bank
342 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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:
AZ Kids Consortium has compiled a list of foster & adoptive family licensing agencies. Click here to learn more.
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.
DCS BH Unit
Click to view PDF list ➜ DCS BH Unit Contacts
DCS Ombudsman/ Marcy Morales 602-542-2203
DCS Family Advocate
DCS Family Advocacy: 1-877-527-0765 or 602-364-0777
DCS Office Numbers
Online listing click here to view
Raising Special Kids
https://raisingspecialkids.org/ and at 1-800-237-3007
State Tax Credit for QFCO form
Older and/or Aging Out Teens
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