“I took my sister and ran away from an abusive home. We were hungry and in fear almost every day.
I may be a statistic, but I decided a long time ago what that statistic would be. I am a statistic of success. I am a statistic of gratitude.
“I didn’t have anyone to help me plan for college. I had to find a job by myself. So, I was completely alone before Keys to Success.
Without Keys to Success I would not be where I am today. A successful college student.”
we fund fun for children in foster care
Welcome to Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation!
Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation has been ‘funding fun’ for children in foster care for more than 34 years. From summer camps to swim lessons to baseball, we are here to ensure kids in care have the same opportunities to enjoy their childhoods just like every other child.
In 2018, Arizona Friends of Foster Children granted more than $1,500,000 in awards for kids in foster care to participate in every day, ordinary activities that constitute childhood, as well as post-secondary scholarships. Our goal is to reach every child in foster care in Arizona. Anyone can apply for an award on behalf of a child in care; the only requirement is the child must be a ward of the state of Arizona, which AFFCF verifies through DCS. for a complete list of the activities we fund, visit our awards guidelines page.
Why It Matters
More than 25 children will enter foster care in Arizona – today alone. Many times they come with little more than the clothes on their back or what they can carry in a trash bag. They may have never ridden a bicycle or sat down for a family meal. They may be struggling to keep up in school or never dared dream of playing a sport. The Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation changes the story for kids 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.
change the story
AFFCF cannot do what it does without you. We rely on the support of our generous donors to fund the hopes and dreams of children in foster care. Your Charitable Donations can:
- Purchase a bicycle or scooter for a child who never thought he would own one.
- Provide school clothes for a child who comes into foster care with the clothes she has on.
- Introduce musical instrument lessons and exposure to the arts that would not have otherwise been possible.
- Allow a child to participate in youth sports for the first time and build her self-esteem.
- Offer a weighted vest or blanket for the child who struggles with trauma-induced anxiety.
In Arizona, there are 13,396 (November 2019) children in foster care. More than 26 children in Arizona come in to foster care every day. On average, children remain in state care for nearly two years and have three foster care placements. Some spend all of their lives in foster care, and in the six months ending June 30, 2019, 353 young men and women aged out of foster care.
Keys to Success
The future for youth who age out of foster care is not statistically bright. They may lack the information resources and skills to pursue post-secondary education and employment. For many, the focus is on immediate needs and survival, let alone building a future and setting themselves up for success. Our Keys to Success Program offers young men and women the means to thrive as they enter into adulthood in the following ways:
- Provides intensive, individualized development plans.
- Creates a career path through education and employment development.
- Connects youth to resources.
- Empowers youths aging out foster care to become thriving, self-sufficient adults.
Youth Sports and Social Activities
Children in foster care have their basic needs provided for. AFFCF was founded 36 years ago to fund activities for children that give them the childhood they deserve – sports, cheer, dance, music, prom dresses, visits to theme parks and more. We fund meaningful activities that make childhoods rich and memorable.
Your Donation Can Help
No matter the amount you give, it will make a difference in the life of a child in foster care. 88 percent of your donation will go directly to improving the life of a child in foster care. Thank you for making a Charitable Donation.