Get answers to the most common questions about AFFCF.
Who is eligible for AFFCF awards?
AFFCF only considers grant requests for children who have been adjudicated dependent wards of the court in Arizona. AFFCF does not fund grant requests for voluntary placements. Special consideration may be made if the child has been a temporary ward or in voluntary placement for an unusually extended period of time.
What types of activities does AFFCF fund?
AFFCF funds a variety of athletic, educational and social activities for children in foster care. To see a list of activities we can fund, please see our award guidelines.
What is the AFFCF funding process?
You simply need to complete our application. Along with the application, we require documentation from the vendor/provider (a flyer, a screenshot of a website, an email from the vendor/provider, etc.) that shows the cost of the activity/service. Our application also requires the contact information for the child’s DCS/tribal caseworker as we do verify that the child is a ward of the state of Arizona. For tutoring assistance requests, we do ask for additional documentation. Please see our award guidelines for more details. Once we’ve received documentation and a response from the caseworker, we send it to our review committee to ensure your requests falls within our guidelines. PLEASE NOTE THAT AFFCF CANNOT CONSIDER FUNDING ANYTHING THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID FOR PRIOR TO RECEIVING APPROVAL FOR THAT SPECIFIC REQUEST.
What's the process for a recreational item award (i.e. bikes, athletic equipment, theme park admission, etc.)?
Once AFFCF receives the application and it has been approved, AFFCF will send a congratulatory e-mail to the applicant notifying them of approval with a mail-back receipt form attached. After making your purchase, we request that you return the form with original receipts for reimbursement by mail or drop-off at our office. Please note that no purchase can be made until receiving the congratulatory e-mail.
Who can submit a funding request?
Anyone can submit a funding request on behalf of a child in foster care – a caregiver, an extended family member, a CASA, a friend, a caseworker, a GAL.
Do I have to be a licensed caregiver to ask for assistance?
No, you do not have to be a licensed caregiver to receive assistance from AFFCF. The only requirement for eligibility to request an award is that the child must be a ward of the state of Arizona.
How long does it take to get approval?
Generally it takes about 10 – 14 days from the time you submit your request until the time a check is cut and mailed to you, give or day a few days.
What can I do to speed up the approval process?
To make the award process run as smoothly as possible, make sure to attach the cost documentation to your request. We also recommend contacting the child’s caseworker to let him or her know you are requesting assistance from AFFCF and ask them to respond to our email.
Can I apply for multiple awards?
When it comes to funding ongoing activities, AFFCF can only fund one activity at a time per child. The only exception for an activity is swimming because it is prioritized as a survival skill. While there is no overall limit on the number of applications that can be submitted, certain restrictions in place based on the type of request being made.
What does AFFCF not fund?
We do not fund any of the following requests:
- Applications requesting reimbursement for funds spent prior to AFFCF approval
- Children who are adopted or not currently wards of the court in Arizona
- Services or benefits that are available from other public, private or governmental agencies (daycare, pre-school, counseling services, wheel chairs, healthcare, legal aid, etc.).
- Furniture or home fixtures
- Debt relief (i.e. home bills, utilities, etc.)
- Any type of airfare or travel
- Any type of electronics (computers, tablets stereos, electronic games, TV, etc.)
- Modeling classes
- Day-to-day clothing or school uniforms
- Orthodontics or any type of medical expense
- Applications from group homes or other groups for the same activity at the same location and time
I can't add my name as the caregiver on the online form.
Once you’ve created your account and logged in, you will see a grey bar near the top of the screen with four different sections. The first section is titled Caregiver (Start Here). This is where you’ll enter in your name and contact information. Once that information is submitted, you want to go to the second section on that grey bar titled, Children in Foster Care. Here is where you will add each child in your care, along with their caseworker information. After those two steps are completed, you are ready to submit a funding request and select your name as the caregiver.
I can't add the child's name to the online form.
Once you’ve created your account and logged in, you will see a grey bar near the top of the screen with four different sections. The first section is titled Caregiver (Start Here). This is where you’ll enter in your name and contact information. Once that information is submitted, you want to go to the second section on that grey bar titled, Children in Foster Care. Here is where you will add each child in your care, along with their caseworker information. Upon using the online application for the first time, you must complete these first two steps before you can you submit a funding request.
The online form tells me the Vendor Email is not a valid address.
A valid email address should look like this example: email@example.com. Check to see if you have entered a website address, which will look like: www.anydomain.com. If you have this information, it’s helpful, but not required to process your request.
Do you make the check payable to me?
AFFCF makes the check directly payable to the vendor unless the purchase is for recreational items such as bikes or theme park admission, which is processed as a reimbursement only after the application has been approved. PLEASE NOTE THAT AFFCF CANNOT CONSIDER FUNDING ANYTHING THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID FOR PRIOR TO RECEIVING APPROVAL FOR THAT SPECIFIC REQUEST.
Where does the check go?
AFFCF sends all checks directly to the person listed as the caregiver on the application, unless otherwise directed. Please note: we cannot send checks directly to vendors/providers.
Can I pick up the check?
Yes! You can note it in the description of your request or give us a call at 602.252.9445. Once the check is ready, we will contact you to let you know that it’s available for pick up.
Are there limits on the amount of awards?
Because we want to reach as many children in Arizona’s foster care as possible, AFFCF does have some restrictions on awards. For more details, please see our award guidelines.
What if my request falls outside of your giving guidelines?
If you’re not sure, submit a funding a request and in the description of your request give details about the request and any other sources of funding you’ve sought. AFFCF understands that sometimes circumstances fall beyond our control and our review committee looks at each application on an individual basis. If we are unable to fund your request, please take a look at our Resource Guide to see assistance might be available elsewhere.
How can I thank AFFCF?
We enclose “thank you” paper bearing the AFFCF logo with every award we make. A thank you note back to AFFCF helps us maintain our support from donors to ensure children in the foster care system continue to receive the support they deserve. We enclose your thank you letters in our fundraising packets and letters to donors to encourage their support. Please be sure to use the child’s first name only.
How does AFFCF raise the money to pay for awards?
AFFCF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We receive no funding from federal or state government. Our funding depends entirely on generous individual, foundation and corporation donors.
Who receives my donation?
Your donation to AFFCF goes to provide an athletic, educational or social activity or an item to a child in foster care in Arizona that would not be paid for in any other way. AFFCF funds awards for such items and activities as apartment set ups for youth aging out of foster care, summer camp, class photos, gymnastics, karate, music or swimming lessons, prom expenses, school field trips, post-secondary scholarships and more.
How can I donate?
Donating to AFFCF is easy! You can donate online, over the phone or by mailing your gift to us at:
AFFCF 1645 E Missouri Ave., Ste 450 Phoenix, AZ 85215
Does my donation qualify for a tax credit?
Yes! AFFCF is a qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organization. Arizona law allows you to claim a tax credit of up to $1,000 for joint filers and up to $500 for individual filers for voluntary contributions you make during any taxable year. For more information visit the Arizona Department of Revenue’s website at www.azdor.gov and/or consult your tax professional.
Are there any other ways I can give to AFFCF?
You bet! There are many ways you can contribute. In fact, it can be easy as linking your Fry’s community rewards card to AFFCF or linking your AmazonSmile account to AFFCF. Visit our Other Ways to Give page for more ways you can help AFFCf!
How many children does AFFCF serve?
In 2015, Arizona served more than 4,000 children throughout the state, a 50% increase over the number of children served in 2014.
Do you only serve the Phoenix Metro area?
No – we serve children from all corners of Arizona who are considered wards of the state of Arizona!
Are there other organizations like AFFCF?
AFFCF is the only agency that funds athletic, educational and social activities for children in Arizona’s foster care system.