Will you open your heart and home and become a foster or adoptive parent?

More than 17,000 Arizona children of all ages and cultures are in need of safe, secure and loving environments. Child Crisis Arizona works with single- and two-parent families and has no limitations on religious beliefs, ethnicity or sexual orientation. In addition to serving all interested individuals, we actively seek foster and adoptive parents from the Native American and LGBT communities. We provide extensive support to the families we serve and are proud of our low disruption rate.

There are many myths about foster care and adoption, but most often we hear how parents who intended to positively impact a child’s life have had their lives equally transformed.

Deciding to become a foster parent

Mac Watson from KTAR’s Mac & Gaydos announced that he and his wife had decided to become foster parents. Hear how they came to this decision.

Four steps to become a foster or adoptive parent

  • 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


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, June 6, 6-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 11, 6-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 15, 10-12 a.m.

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.

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.

Submit your information below and we will contact you.

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


Foster Care Adoption

PS MAPP Training and Home Study Process

There is an intake process, including background check, before a family can begin training.

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Parenting Resources

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Common Myths of Foster Care

There are many myths about the foster care system and unless you have experienced it personally, it may be difficult to decipher fact from fiction.

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