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A Blog about Foster Care

Aging Out of Foster Care: The Voluntary Agreement

For young men and women in foster care, turning 18 represents independence. At this point, they can leave the foster care system. Many look forward to moving out of group homes, where privacy and independence are limited. Others may be fond of their foster families,...

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This Saturday: 5th Annual Backpack Drive

Last year, we were able to donate 5600 backpacks full of school supplies to children in foster care. This year, we’re shooting for at least 5000 more new backpacks for the 2017-2018 school year. Join us along with Arizona Helping Hands, AASK - Aid to Adoption of...

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RAK Magazine Publishes Arizona’s Children Series

1014 children came in to foster care in May, 2017 – that’s an average of almost 33 children a day, every day.  What happens next?  Kris Jacober and other child welfare advocates have recently been asked about the topic in a feature series published by Raising Arizona...

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The Foster Care Look

I can remember looking into the face of “M” in my rearview mirror on her first day in our home and thinking I had never seen a child so young (M was three) look so sad. After all this time, it’s still hard to describe the ‘look’ of children on their first day in...

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Aging Out of Foster Care

When young people age out of the foster care system, they are faced with tremendous challenges. These challenges often include the most basic living expenses. Without these basics, the road to full independence is rocky and many of these young people experience...

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Foster Care Bill of Rights

With over 17,000 children under the care of the state in Arizona, foster care plays an important role in ensuring that these vulnerable children have the care and protection that they need. Children's advocates have invested a lot of time and care in ensuring that...

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Tax Credit Incentive Encourages Giving to AFFCF

The State of Arizona supports foster parents with costs such as daycare, health and dental care, and need-based post-secondary education scholarships. Additionally, foster parents receive a small stipend to help cover the costs of child care. These funds ideally cover...

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Who Can Be a Foster Parent in Arizona?

If you would love to become a foster parent in Arizona, take the first step and learn about the requirements. If you meet the requirements, you will then undergo a process to ascertain you are capable of providing a safe and supportive environment. Arizona Foster...

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Spend Your AZ Taxes on Children in Foster Care

The landscape for children in foster care in Arizona changed when the state legislature created the Foster Care Qualifying Tax Credit, which allows donors to re-direct their tax dollars to improve the lives of children in foster care. By donating to the Arizona...

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