Over 15,000 Arizona children of all ages are in need of safe, secure and loving environments.

What is the difference between foster care and adoption?

Foster Care: Foster parents provide love and consistency to the children with the understanding that the time they have with them is temporary.

Adoption: 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. Child Crisis Arizona’s foster care and adoption program is committed to helping children in out-of-home care by licensing and certifying parents for foster care and adoption. We provide extensive support to the families we serve and are proud of our low disruption rate. Our combination of services and support, along with realistic training, prepares families for the placement of children of all ages and backgrounds.

Child Crisis Arizona works with both single- and two-parent families and has no limitations on religious beliefs, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Additionally, we actively seek foster and adoptive parents from the Native American and LGBT communities.

If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent, give us a call at 480-834-9424 or contact one of our Adoption/Foster Care Specialists directly by filling out our online Foster Care & Adoption Inquiry form.

If you are a current Foster Care & Adoptive Family, please click here to log in. 

If you are thinking about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, follow our 5 Steps:

Step 1: Review our Basic Requirements

Here are the basic requirements that need to be met to begin the process:

  • Must be age 21 or older for foster care, 18 or older for adoption
  • Must be financially stable
  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Obtain a physician’s statement verifying your emotional & physical health
  • Complete a fingerprint & criminal background check
  • Complete an Arizona Department of Economic Security home inspection

Step 2: Attend an 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 the support/resources offered to foster and adoptive families.
All of our Foster Care & Adoption orientations are held at 817 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201, unless noted otherwise.

Upcoming orientation dates:

  • Tuesday, August 7th 6-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 11th 6-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 2nd 6-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 6th 6-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 4th 6-8 p.m.

Step 3: Training

After you decide to partner with Child Crisis Arizona for your adoption or foster placement, a licensing specialist will visit your home to work with you on completing  general requirements, paperwork and training.

Step 4: Family Home Study

Your specialist will interview family members, guide you through the required paperwork, and help you complete your home study.

Step 5: Home Safety Inspection

Our staff will guide you through preparing your home for the inspection. Then you’ll be ready for licensing or certification!

For more information, please call: 480.834.9424

Foster Parent College Pre-Service Blended Training Program and Home Study Process

The Foster Parent College Pre-Service Blended Training Program is a 5 week program that combines in-person classroom sessions with additional hours of online training. This training helps potential foster/adoptive parents understand foster and adoptive children’s needs, introduces parents to the child welfare system and their role, and gives families and specialists an opportunity to get to know each other to ensure the program is a good fit.

Once the training has been completed, specialists will schedule interviews with all adult members of the household. These are 2-3 hour individual interviews to explore your family, your childhood, your education and job experience, your relationships and significant life events and how they have affected you. Throughout your journey our specialists will be available to help you prepare your home for your final home inspection. For a foster family, when they are ready, the Office of Licensing and Regulation (OLR) will conduct the home inspection. For adoptive families, your specialist will conduct a home inspection to ensure everything is in compliance with state standards.

After completing the Foster Parent College Pre-Service Blended Training Program and finishing any outstanding paperwork, specialists return to your home for another visit. At this visit, which can last several hours, specialists finalize the information they need to complete your home study. This may also be the time that children in the home will be interviewed.

During the 30 to 60 days after a family completes the Foster Parent College Pre-Service Blended Training Program, a specialist writes your in-depth home study. This is a report about all of the information gathered about the family, background, training, experiences, how the family operates and any other relevant information. For foster families, the home study is submitted to the Office of Licensure and Regulation for licensing and for adoptive families the home study is submitted to the court for certification. Both entities take several weeks to review the studies, on occasion they will have additional questions for the specialist. Once an adoptive family is certified they are placed on the Department of Child Safety adoption registry. When a foster parent is licensed they are added to Child Crisis Arizona’s placement list. Once placed on the placement list or the adoption registry, many factors can affect how long it will take to be matched with a child. Your specialist will help you manage realistic expectations regarding placement of children.

Upcoming Foster Parent College Pre-Service Blended Training Program Start Dates

  • Monday, July 23rd, 817 N Country Club Dr. Mesa, AZ, 85201
  • Thursday, August 23st, 817 N Country Club Dr. Mesa, AZ, 85201
  • Tuesday, September 18th , 2334 E. Polk Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006

For more information, please call: 480.834.9424

Child Crisis Arizona proudly supports diversity and inclusion for all people. Our services are fully inclusive of all individuals regardless of race, color, religious beliefs, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.