Thousands of Arizona children are in need of safe, secure and loving environments.
Foster Care & Adoption
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. Child Crisis Arizona provides extensive support to foster care and adoption families and is proud of the low disruption rate. Child Crisis Arizona offers a combination of services and support, along with realistic training, to prepare families for placement of children of all ages and backgrounds.
Child Crisis Arizona works with both single and two-parent families. There are no limitations on religious beliefs, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Additionally, Child Crisis Arizona actively seeks foster and adoptive parents from the Native American and LGBTQ communities.
Are you raising a relative’s child? Child Crisis Arizona offers special services for kinship caregivers including support groups, foster care certification and training, parenting resources and family activities.
Many teens are in need of a foster home so they can focus on graduating from high school and begin to build a future. Meet Allistar whose life was forever changed thanks to a loving, supportive foster family.
What are the requirements to become a foster or adoptive parent?
- 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
You can find more details about these requirements HERE.
What Will I Learn at the Agency Meet and Greet?
You will learn about 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.
Foster Care & Adoption meet and greets are now being held virtually over Zoom. Please call (480) 321-8944 or email Lisa Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. You can also contact one of our Adoption/Foster Care Specialists directly by filling out the online Foster Care & Adoption Inquiry form.
Please watch these AZDCS videos on the steps to becoming a foster parent prior to attending.
Upcoming Agency Meet and Greet Dates
The next Agency Meet and Greet will be held virtually over Zoom on March 2 at 6 p.m.
Upcoming virtual Meet and Greet dates:
- March 2
- March 16
- April 6
- April 20
- May 4
- May 18
- June 1
- June 15
- July 6
- July 20
Please email email@example.com for more details and to RSVP to an upcoming meet and greet.
What is the certification process?
- 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.
- Your specialist will interview family members, guide you through the required paperwork, and help you complete your home study.
- Your specialist 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) 321-8944.
Foster Parent College Pre-Service Blended Training Program and Home Study Process
The Foster Parent College Pre-Service Blended Training Program is a five-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 introduce 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.
Upcoming Foster Parent College Pre-Service Blended Training Program Start Dates: To be announced.
For more information you may also call: (480) 321-8944.
Serving children with special needs
Child Crisis Arizona works to recruit, train, license, support, and monitor the placement of children/youth with intellectual or physical disabilities into Child Development Homes (DDD). In addition to providing day to day care, the Child Development Home must establish developmental goals that include a specific teaching strategy for those placed into their care. We participate in the development of those goals and strategy implementation.
As can be imagined, taking on the care of a child or young adult with disabilities requires extraordinary skills, commitment, and training. It is required that at least one of the adults in the Child Development Home be a stay-at-home parent or have employment that allows working from home. In addition to the Foster Care College training mentioned previously, Child Development Home parents are required to training an additional 12 hours each year. These trainings are meant to increase the parents’ skills in making a meaningful difference for those they will care for. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to increase the young clients’ quality of life where the client does not have the capacity to advocate for themselves.
For more information you may also call: (480) 321-8944.
We proudly support 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.