Elsa Villalobos stands among a circle of staff from Child Crisis Arizona, a ball of red yarn in her hands. As a Family Resources Care Coordinator, she is leading the team through an exercise in identifying the range of resources available to address the variety of needs that a family in crisis might be experiencing.
Join Child Crisis Arizona for a FREE foster care and adoption orientation specific for the LGBTQ community. The orientation is an informational session that discusses the needs of children in care, what your role in meeting those needs will be, the process of licensing/certification and support/resources offered to foster and adoptive families. Other licensed LGBTQ couples will be there answers questions about their experience as well. RSVPs are not required.
This past weekend, as families celebrated Grandparents Day we highlight someone who went above and beyond not only as a grandparent, but as a parent to her grandkids. In Arizona more than 100,000 kids are being raised by grandparents or other relatives, many of which will become new parents overnight, or work to recall parenting skills that were relinquished decades ago.
Nestled in the lush Ponderosa pine forest, resting well above six-thousand feet sits a cozy camp far away from the rush hour traffic, stark heat and desert landscapes we are accustomed to on a daily basis.
In Arizona, when an adult is concerned about a child’s development, they can be referred to the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AZEIP) for evaluation. Upon evaluation, if the child is determined to have a disability or developmental delay, they are provided with services through a legal document called an IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan). The IFSP is written with a parent or guardian and outlines the goals for the child, the quantity and duration of services to be provided, and who will provide those services
There is an intake process, including background check, before a family can begin training.
Mothers and fathers play different roles in the development of their children. Mothers commonly play the nurturing role and protect their children from the “outside world.” Fathers, on the other hand, are critical in assisting with the separation experience by helping the child safely and securely separate from the intense maternal dependency of infancy.
Co-Parenting occurs when a couple shares equally in the custody and care of their child after separation or divorce. The key piece to the co-parenting puzzle is sharing equally the parenting responsibilities, regardless of custody arrangements.
Child Crisis Arizona is thrilled to partner with Fiesta Invitational Tournament (FIT) for its 31st Annual tournament which has raised more than $1.28 million for Child Crisis Arizona and other children’s charities.
The 6th Annual Turf Paradise charity event Wine, Women & Horses to benefit Child Crisis Arizona held Saturday, March 5 raised $50,000 for Child Crisis Arizona, who serves the Valley’s vulnerable children and families. In its six years, the event has raised a grand total of $215,000 for Child Crisis Arizona.