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A Blog about Foster Care

You Don’t Have to Be a Hero

Arizona has a high demand for foster parents. In her article in the Arizona Daily Star, Foster care from the inside, Sarah Gessen discusses foster care, and how to become a foster parent in Arizona. We wanted to highlight a quote that speaks to how foster parents are...

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What Happens When a Parent is Deported?

The Department of Child Safety removes children from homes where they suspect abuse or neglect. But what happens when a parent is removed due to their immigration status? With the new Trump administration deporting immigrants at a pace roughly comparable to recent...

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Understanding Group Homes

Would you rather grow up in a group home or a family setting? In general, children in foster care fare better in family homes than in group homes or congregate care settings. Issues with Group Homes The primary concern for caregivers is health and safety. Group homes...

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What’s in a Backpack?

For the fifth year in a row, generous donors and sponsors have helped AFFCF, and our partners, collect and raise funds to give away back to school backpacks and supplies to children in foster care. It’s an awesome and amazing effort, but I never realized exactly how...

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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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