It’s Back to School Time

Sometimes the difference between a good school year and a not-so good school year lies in the little things. Especially for kids in foster care.



Sometimes the difference between a good school year and a not-so good school year lies in the little things. Especially for kids in foster care.

There are currently just under 13,000 children in foster care in Arizona. They don’t have a voice or a choice in where they live. But they can choose to have a Disney Princess or Spiderman backpack, colored pencils or crayons and whatever other school supplies they want with funding from the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation.

School Supplies Assistance

Miss the deadlines for a backpack giveaway? Not to worry. We updated our funding guidelines this year to include school supplies for children in foster care. The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for school supplies is $50 per child, per year and excludes office items such as printer ink and file folders.

Other School-Related Awards

The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for books is $50 per child per year. 

Field Trips
The maximum AFFCF can consider funding for a school field trip is $450.

School Program Fees (K-12 Grades)
AFFCF can consider funding trade/vocational program fees for youth who are in grades K-12. 

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

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

AFFCF can consider funding up to $400 per month for up to 2 hours per week of one-on-one tutoring.

Please review our complete funding guidelines with regards to frequency and payment method.

Just Like Every Other Kid

There are so many things in that aren’t normal for a child in foster care. They see their classmates come back to school with brand new backpacks and shiny new school supplies. You can help them be just like every other kid and not “that kid in foster care” by making a donation to Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation.


Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation is a Qualifying Foster Care Organization (QFCO ID #10023). That means your donation to AFFCF is eligible for the Foster Care Tax credit. Individuals can give up to $500 and couples up to $1,000 and receive a dollar-for-dollar credit on their Arizona state taxes. Please consult your tax professional for complete details on the Arizona Foster Care Tax Credit.


Of every dollar donated to AFFCF:

  • 89% goes directly to programs
  • 11% goes to administration and fundraising

AFFCF is committed to being good stewards of the funds we receive to achieve our goal of serving every child in foster care in Arizona.


If you expect to break even or get a refund on your Arizona state taxes, the amount you donate will be added, dollar for dollar, to your refund. If you expect to owe income tax to the state, your contribution will directly reduce the amount of your debt, also dollar for dollar. This creates a win-win situation for your favorite charitable organization and your budget.

Eligible nonprofits must receive certification as a Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organization (QFCO). These organizations meet an immediate community need for Arizona residents who live in poverty and spend at least 50% of their operating budgets on providing these services, in addition to other state requirements.

Back-to-school shopping in Arizona is an exciting experience for kids. However, the costs for back-to-school shopping are often a challenge for foster families to afford

Many organizations in Phoenix, such as the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation, help children in foster care get back-to-school supplies so they can start the school year right.

A group of children walk into school for the new year with new clothing and school supplies

Help Arizona Children in Foster Care Start the School Year Right

Around 12,000 children are in foster care in Arizona. They want to go back to school with the required back-to-school essentials like their classmates. But sadly, their education is often interrupted when they move from one foster home to another in different regions.

In such cases, AFFCF ensures that kids in foster care succeed in school, whether they are learning in the classroom or at home, funding the school supplies they need to participate in their education actively. Children in foster care don’t get a choice in where they live, but funding from AFFCF allows them to choose their own school items, from the kind of backpack they want to folders and notebooks in their favorite colors. This simple act can help them be excited for the new school year and allows them to fit in with their peers and not be that “kid in foster care.” Not having to worry about being different at school can help them focus on learning, which can help them improve their academic performance, which in turn boosts their self-esteem.

Unfortunately, AFFCF finds it challenging to transform the lives of children in foster care without donations. Aside from monetary donations, there are several ways to support kids in foster care as they head back to school by doing things you already do. These include:

Help via Amazon shopping is done by logging in to your Amazon shopping account and choosing “settings” on your main menu. Next, click “AmazonSmile,” turn it on, and select AFFCF as your charity of choice. Your Amazon purchases will help AFFCF even more children and youth in foster care.

  • Shopping at Fry’s

Your grocery store help is done by signing up with your Fry’s VIP card and selecting AFFCF as your charity. Then, each time you shop at Fry’s using your VIP card, you will be donating to AFFCF.

  • Transferring stock to AFFCF

The stock shares will be valued when they enter the AFFCF account.

How Your Donation Helps Arizona Children

When children in foster care go back to school, parents and guardians are tasked with purchasing back-to-school supplies. Oftentimes, these supplies are costly and vary greatly from school to school and grade to grade.

Many charitable organizations, foundations, churches, and associations help parents in Arizona to cover the hardships and school supplies expenses. Some of these school supplies include:

Back-To-School Clothing and Shoes

Kids grow fast, forcing parents to purchase clothes and shoes periodically. The clothes to buy vary depending on age, personal style, gender, and activity level. Before purchasing back-to-school clothing and shoes, confirm the dress code requirements and the child’s school restrictions. Some back-to-school apparel includes hoodies, jeans, tops, pants, shorts, skirts, socks, underwear, bras, and shoes.

Back-To-School Supplies

Parents and guardians should consult with the school to get a specific list of back-to-school supplies to avoid wasting resources on unneeded items. Additional back-to-school supplies might vary depending on the child’s grade and can include backpacks, pencils, folders, calculators, pens, notebooks, scissors, tapes, markers, glue, and crayons.

For those foster families who aren’t able to take advantage of the myriad of back-to-school drives and giveaways, AFFCF is here to help. Our school supplies funding category allows foster parents to pay for the necessary school supplies. This once-per-year award can fund up to $50 per child. AFFCF’s supplemental category can help pay for back-to-school clothing and is available once a year. The funding amounts for clothing vary based on the child’s age.

Help Support Children in Foster Care Today

At AFFCF, we rely on our donors’ generosity to help pay for school supplies for children in foster care. We use your donations to provide school supplies and other school-related expenses, such as field trips, school pictures, and other activities for kids. AFFCF thanks and appreciates all donors and people of goodwill who contribute to changing the story for children in foster care in Arizona. We also encourage people to donate since their donation might qualify for a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit under the Arizona Foster Care Tax Credit.

Individual tax filers get a maximum tax credit of $500, while joint tax filers get a $1000 tax credit. AFFCF is accountable and transparent, assuring you to use all your financial contributions well. Contact us for any inquiries.

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