Resources

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.

Camps

Royal Family Kids

Royal Family Kids’ Camps are a nationwide network of week-long camps for abused and neglected children ages 7 to 11.

royalfamilykids.org

Clothing

Jose's Closet

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:
Wendy Esquibel
Email: wesquibel@cox.net
Tel: 480.309.1743

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

Foster Care Toolkit

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.

www.fosterkidsaz.org

Financial Assistance

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.

www.affcf.org

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.

www.azafap.org

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.

www.fosteryouth411.org

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.

www.azheartgallery.org

support group meetings

Palm Valley Foster/Adoption Group

Sundays 4 – 6 PM
Palm Valley Church, Room 117
431 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ 85338
www.palmvalley.org

Kids are welcome. We will all be in one room together. I will bring some toys for the younger kids.

Contact:
Kristin Byers
Tel: (623) 695-5612 cell or (623) 925-0154 home,
Email: KrisByers@gmail.com.

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.
Glendale AZ

Contact:  Steve & Lynn Blevins
Tel: (623) 341-3655
Email: WVFASGinfo@cox.net

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 hutchison.bethany@gmail.com 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 andyandbarb@cox.net 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 becca@themoerings.com.

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 crystaldkrueger@gmail.com.