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Arizona Friends of Foster Children
This foundation promotes the self-esteem and enriches the lives of Arizona’s children in foster care by funding social, athletic & educational activities, and items that provide them with quality experiences while they live through very difficult circumstances. Location: 1645 E. Missouri Ave., Suite 450 Phoenix, AZ 85016
Arizonans for Children
They offer free programs and events for all foster youth. Can facilitate visits in Peoria, Mesa, or Central Phoenix. Also, offer free tickets to events for foster families, monthly birthday parties, annual holiday party and Spring Festival for foster families at Encanto Park. Location: 1112 W Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85013
Arizona Helping Hands
Support foster and indigent families at times of crisis or need by providing to them basic essentials such as bedding, clothes, personal effects, holiday and special occasion toys, school supplies, and emergency assistance. Location: 7850 E Gelding Dr Ste#500, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480.889.0604
Good Threads
On the second Saturday of every month, GoodTHREADS Clothing Exchange provides clothing at no cost to foster, adoptive and kinship families. Parents are encouraged to bring gently used, clean clothing that your children have outgrown as an ‘exchange’ but this is not necessary. Location: La Paloma Family Services, Inc. 870 W. Miracle Mile  Tucson, AZ 85705 (Northeast corner of Fairview/Miracle Mile)
Helen’s Hope Chest
Helen’s Hope Chest fulfills the dreams of thousands of foster children from throughout the East Valley and beyond by providing them with quality clothing, school supplies, books, gift cards, toys, games and more at no cost to their foster parents. Location: Helen’s Hope Chest is located at 126 E University Drive in Mesa (northwest corner of University and Pasadena, between Center Street and Mesa Drive). 480-969-5411
Jose’s Closet
Welcome to Jose’s Closet. Jose’s Closet exists to store children’s clothes and equipment that are donated by various sources. Jose’s Closet is a cooperative organization that is run by a foster families to help other foster families. Any paid member must be willing to donate time. Location: 550 South Ironwood Dr, SUITE 1 Apache Junction, AZ 85120
WIC (Women, Infants, & Children)
Arizona WIC program is a nutrition program that helps the whole family learn about eating well and staying healthy. Must apply. Location: 150 N 18th Ave, Suite 310 Phoenix, AZ 85007 Call 1.800.252.5942

Kids 2 Kidz
Kidz 2 Kidz is a 501(c)(3) organization that acknowledges any donations as tax-deductible. The store is open by appointment only. For more information, call Gelosa at 480-529-2732 or Hampton at 602-327-7019 or email Kidz2Kidz@cox.net. Location is in the West Valley.

Jessie’s Closet in Yuma
Jessie’s Closet, you must show a “Notice to Provider” for each child that you seek to resource. Each child is eligible for 15 items at a time, and a requested donation of $1 per item helps them maintain and improve services. They also offer clothing exchanges. Located on the second floor of Desert Grace Community Church of the Nazarene in the Foothills, 12134 N Frontage Rd. Yuma, AZ 85367. For more info call 928.305.1132 or email at info@jessiescloset.org 

Foster/Adoptive Family Support/Resources

Arizona Association for Foster & Adoptive Parents
The Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents is a non-profit, statewide organization that serves families who adopt children and provide foster and kinship care. Mobile Food Pantry every 4th Saturday & Free Museum Nights 1st Friday of every month. Location: 1702 E. Highland, Ste. 211 Phoenix, AZ 85016 602-884-1801

Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS)
Phone: 1-602-255-2500 Email: DCSGeneralInquiries@azdes.gov Address: PO Box 6030, S/C CH010-23A, Phoenix, Arizona 85005-6030

Arizona Family Resources
On the AZFamilyResources.org website, you will find answers to the questions asked most often by both new and experienced foster parents. The Arizona FIRST Advisory Commission created this website to offer increased support and information by providing you with policies, expectations, instructions, guidelines, tips, information, and resources. Be sure to look through both topical information and local resources.

Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
The Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation promotes the self-esteem and enriches the lives of Arizona’s children in foster care by funding social, athletic and educational activities and items that provide them with quality experiences while they live through very difficult circumstances.

Advocacy, Support, & Assistance
Through our advocacy in passing Jacob’s Law we learned of the dire need for additional preventative services in the foster/adoptive community. Our new mission is to open a community center where we can strengthen and support these children and their families by providing much needed respite care, after school activities, training, support groups and much more.

DCS Child Abuse Hotline
Child Abuse Hotline Phone: 1-888-767-2445 TDD (602) 530-1831 Secondary Phone: (1-888-SOS-CHILD) TDD 1-800 530-1831

DCS Records Coordinator
DCS Records Coordinator Records Coordinator Phone: 602-364-4319 Email: DCSRecordsRequest@azdes.gov

Juvenile Court House Locations in Maricopa County
The Juvenile Court envisions a community free from crime, where every child is empowered to reach his or her full potential with the loving support of a functional, safe and permanent family.

Arizona Department of Child Safety: Policy & Procedure Manual

DCS Foster Care & Adoption
Foster Care & Adoption Phone: 1-877-KIDS-NEEDU (1-877-543-7633) Email: FosterAdoption@azdes.gov Address: P.O. Box 6123 Site Code 940A Phoenix, AZ 85005-6123 Arizona’s Children waiting for Adoption.  DCS Steps for Becoming a Foster Parent

The Foster Care Review Board
Advises the juvenile court on progress toward achieving a permanent home for a child or children involved in a dependency action and in an out-of-home placement.

National Foster Parent Association
NFPA is a national organization meeting the needs of foster families in the United States. Want to stay informed, subscribe to The NFPA Informer a bi-monthly collection of news, opinion and updates for foster, adoptive and kinship families. The articles include news and announcements from NFPA, as well as top news articles from the media around the nation and world. You must opt-in to receive the newsletter. You can opt-in right from The Informer newsletter, or from our website home page.

Warm Line – When you can’t reach your Case Manager
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.

Corporate Tuition Tax Credits
Corporate Tuition Tax Credit information, explanations, Low-Income Corporate Income Tax Credit Program, Disable/Displaced Corporate Income Tax Credit Program. 

Disabled/Displaced Scholarships form School Tuition Organizations
To receive a list of School tuition Organizations certified to receive donations for the corporate income tax credit.

Tax Credits & School Tax Credits for Individuals
To receive a list of School tuition Organizations certified to receive donations for the corporate income tax credit.

Behavioral Health Resources

DCS BH Unit Contacts

Behavioral Healthy Services for Children in Out-of-Home Care
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 all referred children and youth be seen within 72 hours of removal and an assessment be completed. DBHS has directed that children removed by DCS receive a behavioral health urgent response, a comprehensive assessment and remain open for behavioral health services for a minimum of 6 months.

Health Insurance Resources

Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth
For young adults who have experienced foster care, access to affordable health care is critical to their future success. Starting January 1, 2014, young adults who aged out of foster care in Arizona at age 18 and are under age 26, may qualify for a special health insurance program called Young Adult Transitional Insurance (YATI). YATI health insurance is provided through Arizona’s Medicaid program known as AHCCCS. This insurance gives young people access to low or no-cost medical checkups, prescription medicines, medical specialist, and doctors visits when they are sick. In an effort to help community providers and outreach workers ensure young adults who have aged-out of foster care in Arizona are aware of the health care benefits available to them, Children’s Action Alliance has developed a Health Care Toolkit. The Toolkit contains a Fact Sheet, Frequently Asked Questions, Brochure, and a Handout Card.
WIC Program (Women, Infants, & Children)
Arizona WIC Program  is a nutrition program that helps the whole family learn about eating well and staying healthy.

Health Care for youth in Foster Care
Health care is a basic necessity for all children and youth. Children and youth who enter foster care because of abuse or neglect often have significant health-care needs. Changes in the nation’s health-care laws have increased access to and affordability of health care for some of our most vulnerable children and youth—those involved with child welfare. This issue brief reviews the eligibility pathways for children and youth in foster care to receive Medicaid or other health-care coverage and looks at some of the newer benefits now mandated through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), especially those for older youth in or formerly in foster care.

Health insurance for young adults previously in Foster Care

Medicaid and Children in Foster Care

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