Will You Open Your Hearts and Homes and Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent?

More than 17,000 Arizona kids need you!

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 relative children.

Most children placed were removed from the care of their birth family due to abuse or neglect. They are birth to 17 and are culturally and ethnically diverse.  We are actively seeking to recruit foster and adoptive parents of Native American descent to fulfill the need for homes that comply with parameters of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).


Step 1: Review Requirements
  • 21 or older for foster care, 18 or older for adoption
  • Financially stable US citizen
  • Physician’s statement verifying emotional & physical health
  • Fingerprinting & criminal background check
  • Arizona Department of Economic Security home inspection
  • Secured pool
Step 2: Attend An Orientation (Click here to see Orientation Dates)

We’ll discuss the needs of children in care, what your role in meeting those needs will be, the process of licensing/certification and the support/resources offered to foster and adoptive families. Orientations are held at 817 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201 unless noted otherwise. Upcoming dates include:

  • Tuesday, May 2: 6-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.,
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.

Child Crisis Arizona
does a wonderful job
taking care of
Arizona’s children in
crisis. Fostering kids
from your shelter has
been a blessing to our
family and to the kids
whose lives you touch

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.


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