Introducing CHILD CRISIS ARIZONA merging together the 70-year legacy of Crisis Nursery, Inc. and Child Crisis Center. Join us as we grow stronger. Learn more.

Foster Care & adoption

Child Crisis Arizona’s Foster Care & Adoption program is committed to helping children in out-of-home care by licensing and certifying parents for foster care and adoption. The range of services and support along with realistic training prepares families for the placement of children of all ages and backgrounds.

There are more than 18,000 children in Arizona’s foster care system and the need for strong, well prepared foster and adoptive families to care for these children continues to grow.

Child Crisis Arizona offers exceptional support and services. We provide education and training, child-family matching services and post-placement support. We welcome single and two-parent families and have no limitations on religious beliefs, ethnicity or sexual orientation. We provide extensive support to families who are raising kin. Child Crisis Arizona has licensed and certified homes for thousands of children.

Most children placed with our families were removed from the care of their birth family due to abuse or neglect. They range in age from birth to 17 and come from a variety of ethnicities and cultures.

The adoption process gives families the opportunity to become a child’s forever family. These children are in need of permanent, safe, loving and supportive homes. Through the foster care experience, families get the opportunity to have a positive, lasting impact on children in out-of-home care. Foster care provide love and consistency to the children with the understanding that the time they have with them is temporary.

Arizona’s foster children need you

Step 1: Review Requirements

  • 21 or older for foster care,  18 or older for adoption
  • Financially stable
  • US citizen
  • Physician’s statement verifying emotional and physical health
  • Fingerprinting and criminal background check
  • Arizona Department of Economic Security home inspection
  • Secured pool at home

Step 2: Attend an Orientation

There’s no need to register – just show up. At orientation we’ll discuss 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. Upcoming dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, November 3: 6 – 8 p.m. 817 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201
  • Thursday, November 19: 6 – 8 p.m. 2334 E. Polk St., Phoenix, AZ 85006
  • Saturday, November 21: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 817 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201
  • Tuesday, December 1: 6 – 8 p.m. 817 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201
  • Thursday, December 17: 6 – 8 p.m. 2711 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85008

Step 3: Choose a licensing agency

This can potentially be a long-term relationship so choosing an agency is an important decision. Take the time to research and select the agency that’s a good fit for you and your family.

Click here for questions to consider when selecting an agency.

Step 4: Family Home Study, Home Safety Inspection And Training

At Child Crisis Arizona, after you decide to partner with us, an initial specialist visits your home to review general requirements, paperwork and training.

Read more about PS-MAPP training and the home study process.

Contact us for more information about the licensing or certification process with Child Crisis Arizona. We understand the process can be overwhelming. We’re here to help.