it takes a village
Whether you are a biological parent, a foster parent or an adoptive parent, it’s safe to say that parenting is hard work. And we can all use a little help from time to time, to ensure our families remain strong. Following is a list of different resources available to families to make them better and stronger.
Royal Family Kids
Royal Family Kids’ Camps are a nationwide network of week-long camps for abused and neglected children ages 7 to 11.
Jose’s Closet offers a place where foster and adoptive parents can exchange clothes, cribs, strollers, toys or other equipment.
Thunder Mountain Middle School
Center Stage Christian Church
3700 E. 16th Ave., Apache Junction.
Contact for an appointment:
Helen's Hope Chest
Helen’s Hope Chest is a boutique that provides gently used clothing and basic need items free of charge for children in foster or kinship care.
Hours: M, T, Th, F and Sa | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. Call 480.969.5411.
Faith-Based & Government
CPS Warm Line
The Foster Parent Warm Line is a toll-free number for resource parents who are experiencing crisis situations and cannot reach their Child Protective Services’ (CPS) case manager in a timely manner. By calling 1-877-KIDSNEEDU (1877-543-7633) and selecting Option 3, resource parents will be connected to a Warm Line designee. The line is staffed from 8:15a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Messages may be left at any time of the day or night. Staff’s goal is to respond to those messages within the next business day so resource parents feel supported in getting their needs met in serving our children.
The intent of the Warm Line is to provide resource parents with information, assistance with authorizations for services, timely communication, and support. It is not intended to discourage or replace direct and regular communication between the CPS case manager and the resource parent.
1-877-KIDSNEEDU (1877-543-7633), Option 3
Living Word Foster Initiative
The Living Word Foster Initiative is focused on recruiting and maintaining foster and adoptive families, raising donations to help with the many needs of fostering children and supporting foster youth who are turning 18, and will need to leave the system. They want to inspire them with their unlimited potential, train them for independent living, help them get a start, and tell them about Jesus Christ.
Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
Since 1983, the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation has been promoting the self-esteem and enriching the lives of children in foster care in Arizona by funding activities, education and other needs that provide them with quality experiences while they live through very difficult circumstances.
Information & Advocacy
Arizona Association for Foster & Adoptive Parents
The Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents is a non-profit, statewide organization that serves families who adopt children and provide foster and kinship care. Working in partnership with child welfare professionals and the community, our purpose is to support, educate, empower and provide a unified voice for Arizona’s foster and adoptive families, with the goal of increasing the well-being and stability of Arizona’s most vulnerable children.
AZ Foster Youth 411
Foster Youth 411 is a website which helps foster youth and young adults find information about education/employment assistance, transportation, food, or even to just find ways to have fun without spending a lot of money.
Children’s Heart Gallery
Children’s Heart Gallery is a mobile digital gallery that showcases the children in Arizona who are looking for a forever home.
support group meetings
Palm Valley Foster/Adoption Group
Sundays 4 – 6 PM
Palm Valley Church, Room 117
431 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Kids are welcome. We will all be in one room together. I will bring some toys for the younger kids.
Tel: (623) 695-5612 cell or (623) 925-0154 home,
AzFams Foster/Adopt Support Group
1st Friday of each month, 9 AM – 12 PM
3rd Sunday of each month, 3-5 PM
Central Christian Glendale
8600 W. Glendale Ave.
Contact: Steve & Lynn Blevins
Tel: (623) 341-3655
Harvest Community Church Support Group Support Group
Harvest Community Church
3065 S. Ellsworth
Mesa, AZ 85212
We welcome all foster, adoptive and prospective foster/adoptive parents to join us. Childcare is available but you must pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or text (480) 518-1766.
Scottsdale/North Phoenix Foster Support Group
1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Scottsdale Bible Church, Room D105
7601 E. Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
We would love to see your smiling faces at our support group! Get some much needed support and understanding from the rest of us as we encourage each other in our foster care journeys! Training hours available for this meeting. Please RSVP for free childcare ASAP to email@example.com or (602) 374-4501.
East Valley Adoption/Foster Care Support Group
2nd Tuesday of each month, 6 – 8 PM
2 Rivers Church
645 N. Gilbert Rd., Ste 180
Gilbert, AZ 85234 (in shopping center south of the Big Lots).
Childcare is provided with RSVP. Meetings will continue year-round. Contact Rebecca at (480) 964-4463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surprise Foster/Adoptive Support Group
2nd Saturday of each month, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Palm Vista Church
17475 W. Bell Rd.
Surprise, AZ 85379
If you are able to attend please email the names and ages of your children so we can provide adequate childcare! Childcare is free! Please contact Crystal at email@example.com.