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Below is a comprehensive list of activities and items that Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation can fund for children in foster care in Arizona. You can also download a copy of our brochure that provides guideline information as well as instructions on how to apply for an award from AFFCF. [Download brochure]

Please remember AFFCF cannot reimburse for anything paid for prior to receiving approval for that specific request. AFFCF always needs to receive the completed application as well as the required response from the DCS caseworker (confirming the child is currently a dependent ward of the court in Arizona) and supporting documentation to send to our committee for its review. Supporting documentation needs to show the vendor, the cost and the length of the activity/class/lesson.

What we cannot fund
  • Applications requesting reimbursement for anything paid for prior to receiving approval
  • Children who have officially been adopted or are not currently wards of the court in Arizona
  • Requests for youth who have reached age 21
  • Airfare, family vacations or travel expenses (Merlin’s Magic Wand)
  • Birthday parties, gifts, food or toys (Arizona Helping Hands)
  • Debt relief (i.e. home bills, utilities, etc.)
  • Electronic equipment (computers, laptops, tablets, stereos, electronic games, TV, etc.)
  • Furniture (i.e. beds, cribs, etc.) or home fixtures (Metro Phoenix: Arizona Helping Hands, Boost a Foster Family; Metro Tucson: More than A Bed)
  • Memberships to a gym or community center
  • Modeling or modeling/acting classes – high school program fees for drama class may be considered.
  • Orthodontics or any type of medical expense
  • Pool Fences (Boost A Foster Family)
  • School supplies or backpacks
  • Services or benefits that are available from other public, private, or governmental agencies (daycare, preschool, counseling services, wheel chairs, healthcare, legal aid, etc.)

For more information on organizations that help with foster care, see our Resource Page.

 

Activities

ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT/UNIFORMS

The maximum AFFCF can consider for athletic equipment/uniforms is $200 ($100 for swimming lesson gear), which includes $75 maximum for shoes. Equipment is a separate type of request from sports registration. Once approved, AFFCF sends a congratulations e-mail to notify the applicant that the request has been approved and for what amount so the purchase can be made and the receipt mailed to AFFCF for reimbursement.

ATHLETIC REGISTRATION

AFFCF can consider funding sports registration such as baseball, basketball, football and soccer. A separate application is required for equipment. Supporting documentation needs to show the length of the sport season. The maximum amount AFFCF can consider funding is $125/month.

BICYCLES

AFFCF can only consider funding either a bicycle, scooter, skates, or skateboard per child within a two (2)-year period. AFFCF cannot consider more than two (2) bike requests per child total. AFFCF can only consider funding either a bicycle, scooter, skates or skateboard per child within a two (2)-year period.

Ages 1-6:
$100-bike; $35-helmet/lock/training wheels = $135 total

Ages 7-13:
$150-bike; $50-helmet/lock = $200 total

Ages 14+:
$200-bike; $50-helmet/light/lock = $250 total

Once approved, AFFCF sends a congratulations e-mail to notify the applicant that the request has been approved and for what amount so the purchase can be made and the receipt mailed to AFFCF for reimbursement.

CLASSES/LESSONS

The required supporting documentation submitted must show the length of the activity/class or lesson as well as the total cost and the vendor. AFFCF can consider funding classes/lessons for one (1), two (2) or up to three (3) months at a time. Once the initial application is funded, renewals can also be submitted for a maximum of up to three (3) months at a time – as long as the child remains a current ward of the court in Arizona and wishes to continue. The maximum AFFCF can consider funding is up to $125 per month for an activity. Requests for costs exceeding $125 per month may be considered if the youth is required to participate in advanced training.

When it comes to funding ongoing activities, AFFCF can only fund one activity at a time per child. One activity would have to end in order for AFFCF to be able to consider funding a new activity. The only exception 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, AFFCF does have certain restrictions based on the type of request.

INSTRUMENT RENTAL

AFFCF can consider funding an instrument rental for one (1), two (2) or up to three (3) months at a time. Once the initial request is approved, renewals can also be submitted for a maximum of up to three (3) months at a time – as long as the child remains a current ward of the court in Arizona and wishes to continue.

INSTRUMENT PURCHASE

AFFCF can only consider the cost of an instrument purchase if the youth has been participating in lessons for at least a year – whether the lessons are funded by AFFCF or not.

SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS

The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for a school field trip is $450. A request for a church trip is considered the same, but a request for camp is a separate type of request.

SCOOTERS, SKATES, SKATEBOARDS

Same requirements and restrictions as the process for bicycles. AFFCF can only consider providing funds for either a bicycle, scooter, skates or skateboard per child within a two (2)-year period.

Scooters: $100 for scooter; $50 for helmet/pads = $150 total
Skates: $100 for skates; $50 for helmet/pads = $150 total
Skateboards: $100 for skateboard; $35 for helmet/pads = $150 total

Once approved, AFFCF sends a congratulations e-mail to notify the applicant that the request has been approved and for what amount so the purchase can be made and the receipt mailed to AFFCF for reimbursement.

Baby and Toddler Needs

CAR SEAT

Restricted to youth in an unlicensed kinship placement. The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for a car seat is $125 per child. Once approved, AFFCF will send a congratulations e-mail to let the applicant know the request has been approved and for what amount so the purchase can be made and receipt provided for reimbursement.

high chair

Restricted to youth in an unlicensed kinship placement. The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for a high chair is $50 per child. Once approved, AFFCF will send a congratulations e-mail to let the applicant know the request has been approved and for what amount so the purchase can be made and receipt provided for reimbursement.

Stroller

Restricted to youth in an unlicensed kinship placement. The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for a stroller is $100 per child. Once approved, AFFCF will send a congratulations e-mail to let the applicant know the request has been approved and for what amount so the purchase can be made and receipt provided for reimbursement.

Weighted vest/blanket

The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for a weighted vest or blanket is $100 per child.  The child must not be less than 1 year old and the blanket/vest must not weigh more than 10% of the child’s body weight. Once approved, AFFCF will send a congratulations e-mail to let the applicant know the request has been approved and for what amount so the purchase can be made and receipt provided for reimbursement.

Educational

BOOKS

The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for books is $50 per child per year. AFFCF can only process one reimbursement, so all purchase receipts for the books must be provided to AFFCF at one time. Once approved, AFFCF sends a congratulations e-mail to notify the applicant that the request has been approved and for what amount so the purchase can be made and the receipt mailed to AFFCF for reimbursement.

CPR/First Aid Training

AFFCF can consider funding a youth’s CPR or First Aid Training.

DRIVER'S EDUCATION TRAINING

The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for driver’s education training is $412. In addition to showing the vendor and cost, supporting documentation must show that youth will have legal access to a vehicle (including insurance coverage) upon completion of the program. This is a one-time request.

DUAL ENROLLMENT

AFFCF can consider funding a request for dual enrollment for high school youth to earn college credit for their college-level high school courses. The maximum time AFFCF can consider funding dual enrollment is on a per-semester basis so a new application must be submitted for each semester.

GED Testing Fee

AFFCF considers the funding limit for GED testing on an individual basis. 

GRADUATION EXPENSES

DCS funds up to $220 for graduation-related expenses, which includes cap, gown, ring, yearbook and other related expenses. AFFCF can only consider funding the request if the $220 maximum from the state has already been completely used.

SCHOOL PROGRAM FEES

AFFCF can consider funding trade/vocational program fees for youth who are in grades K-12. A program fee for a youth who has already graduated high school or received their GED is not eligible for this type of request—instead, they would need to fill out a scholarship application for consideration into AFFCF’s Post-Secondary Scholarship program. The maximum time AFFCF can consider funding school program fees is for an academic year, so a new application must be submitted for each academic year. If it is a two-year program, progress reports or grades also need to be provided to receive additional assistance.

SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS

The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for a school field trip is $450. A request for a church trip is considered the same, but a request for camp is a separate type of request. 

SCHOOL PICTURES

The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for school pictures is $50 or senior pictures for $200.

SCHOOL YEARBOOK

The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for a school yearbook is $75.

SUMMER SCHOOL

DCS funds up to $165 for summer school/intersession courses. AFFCF can only consider funding the request if the $165 maximum from the state has already been completely used.

TUTORING SERVICES

The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for tutoring services is $500 for three (3) months. On the initial application, the following documentation is required:

  • a dated referral from the child’s teacher on school letterhead or from school email address
  • documentation from the vendor that displays the hourly rate or cost per session for tutoring services
  • if the tutoring vendor is an individual rather than an organization, AFFCF also needs to receive a resume or CV showing the vendor is qualified to provide tutoring services

When submitting a request for a renewal of additional tutoring services, the following documentation is required:

  • A description of the child’s progress made during the previous tutoring session from someone other than the tutor

Social – Other

APARTMENT SET-UP

AFFCF can consider funding a one-time only award to help furnish a youth’s first apartment or dorm room with items such as pots and pans, dishes, towels, shower curtains, rugs, cleaning supplies, lamps or small appliances like a toaster or microwave. These funds cannot be used for furniture or electronics. Once approved, AFFCF will send a gift card in the amount of $350 to the store the youth requests. Note: AFFCF is unable to get gift cards from Wal-Mart. Amazon or Target are preferred.

AFFCF requires a list of items and their individual cost along with the completed application. Typically, the youth will go online to Amazon or Target (or whatever store where they would like to use) and create a wish list showing the items and their cost. That wish list should be included as supplemental documentation. Applications for Apartment Set Ups must be submitted by someone other than the DCS caseworker who will be confirming adjudication.

Receipt of purchase is required after approval. The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for an apartment set-up is $350 and $250 is the maximum for a dorm set-up. Receipts must be provided to AFFCF after the request is funded.

BUS PASSES

AFFCF can consider funding a bus pass for a youth’s transportation to school and/or work. Once approved, AFFCF sends a congratulations e-mail to notify the applicant that the request has been approved and for what amount so the purchase can be made and the receipt mailed to AFFCF for reimbursement.

CAMPS

AFFCF can fund one week of camp per child per year. Supporting documentation submitted must show that the length of the camp as well as the total cost. Applications for camp are considered on an individual basis. AFFCF cannot consider funding the cost for all the children in a group home to go to one session of camp at the same time, if the group home would close during that period. The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for camp is $375.

CLUBS/GROUPS

AFFCF can consider funding a maximum of $125 per month for a social club or group such as Scouts, Brownies, 4H, school Science Club, etc. The required supporting documentation must show the length of the membership as well as the total cost, the name of the club/group, and to whom payment is to be made.

Renewal applications (or applications for fees to a new club/group) can be considered based on the length of the initial membership. For example, if the initial membership is monthly/quarterly, a renewal can be considered in one/three month(s). If the initial membership is annual, a renewal can be considered in one year. AFFCF can consider one club or group per child at a time. 

If a uniform or equipment is required for the club, please submit an application using the category Athletic Equipment/Uniforms. 

 

FOOD HANDLERS CARD

AFFCF can consider funding a youth’s Food Handlers card.

ethnic hair care

AFFCF can consider funding hair care services for natural hair styles, braids, extensions and protective hair styles, e.g. straw sets, twists for African American hair care. Hair cuts and hair care products, e.g. shampoo, conditioner, brushes, combs, etc., are excluded.

Supporting documentation showing the cost of the service must be provided. A flyer or social media page showing that the vendor provides the service to the public along with their prices will suffice.

The maximum amount AFFCF can fund is $100 one time per month.

OPTICAL EXPENSES

AFFCF can consider optical expenses if  documentation can be provided that displays the state will not fund the request. A specific, individual need for the youth is required for consideration. AFFCF can consider funding a request for a renewal – based on the need.

ORTHODONTIC EXPENSES

Although AFFCF cannot fund orthodontia, there is a program called Smiles Change Lives that is a potential resource if the youth meets their requirements. If Smiles Change Lives approves the request, AFFCF can consider helping with the $600 investment fee for the youth.

PROM-RELATED EXPENSES

The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for prom-related expenses is $350. A request for the prom ticket itself is considered separate and documentation needs to be provided that displays the exact cost of the ticket. Once approved, AFFCF sends a congratulations e-mail to notify the applicant that the request has been approved and for what amount to the purchase can be made and the receipt mailed to AFFCF for reimbursement.

SPECIAL EVENT/OCCASION CLOTHING

The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for special event/occasion clothing (8th grade graduation, quinceañera, etc.) is up to $100, which includes shoes and clothing. A request for supplemental clothing or prom-related is considered a separate type of request. Once approved, AFFCF sends a congratulations e-mail to notify the applicant that the request has been approved and for what amount so the purchase can be made and the receipt mailed to AFFCF for reimbursement.

SUPPLEMENTAL CLOTHING

The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for supplemental clothing is up to $100 per child per year. AFFCF can only process one reimbursement, so all the purchase receipts for the clothing must be provided to AFFCF at one time. Once approved, AFFCF sends a congratulations e-mail to notify the applicant that the request has been approved and for what amount so the purchase can be made and the receipt mailed to AFFCF for reimbursement.

THEME PARK ADMISSION - IN AZ

AFFCF can consider funding one request for theme park admission in Arizona per child per year. Any type of theme park or attraction (such as the zoo, aquarium, waterparks, museums, etc.) within Arizona applies. Outings such as concerts or sporting events do not apply. AFFCF can only consider funding the child’s admission. The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for the child’s admission is up to $50. Once approved, AFFCF sends a congratulations e-mail to notify the applicant that the request has been approved and for what amount so the purchase can be made and the receipt mailed to AFFCF for reimbursement.

THEME PARK ADMISSION - OUT OF az

AFFCF can consider funding one request for theme park admission outside Arizona per child per year. The theme park must be outside of Arizona as local parks or attractions inside Arizona do not apply for this type of request. AFFCF cannot consider funding the cost of travel, lodging, parking, food, souvenirs or spending money. The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for the child’s admission is up to $200. Once approved, AFFCF sends a congratulations e-mail to notify the applicant that the request has been approved and for what amount so the purchase can be made and the receipt mailed to AFFCF for reimbursement.

VITAL DOCUMENTS

AFFCF can consider funding a youth’s State ID or Birth Certificate youth over the age of 18. AFFCF cannot consider passports or travel IDs for youth regardless of age.

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