Kinship foster care givers provide a familiar, safe and loving environment.
More than half of all children in foster care in Arizona are currently living with a relative or another adult who has a significant relationship to the child. These important bonds help a child feel some stability and familiarity during a time when so much in their life is uncertain—but it can also be overwhelming to you as a care giver.
If you have taken in a grandchild, niece or nephew, cousin, or a child under the age of 18, we are here to help.
For more information you can reach a Foster Care & Adoption Specialist at 602-385-7526 or complete the online Foster Care & Adoption Inquiry form.
How can I become a kinship caregiver?
Most kinship care givers start out as unlicensed care givers and get licensed later on. Becoming licensed opens up a new world of resources and support.
If you are aware of a child who has come into foster care but are having trouble finding where they were placed please call the DCS Warm Line at 1-877-KIDSNEEDU. Consider joining us for our next Agency Meet & Greet and FAQ session to learn more about the system and how you can help.
Our licensing specialists will walk you through every step of the process. We provide:
- Free parenting training
- Weekly or monthly in-home visits
- 24-hour emergency support
- Virtual kinship support groups
- Free monthly family events
- Legal workshops
- Respite hours
- Clothing, toy, holiday and school supply drives to provide much-needed items for the children in your care
We invite you to learn more at our next Agency Meet & Greet/ FAQ session.
Upcoming Agency Meet and Greet Dates
The next Agency Meet and Greet will be held virtually over Zoom on April 5 at 6 p.m.
Upcoming virtual Meet and Greet dates:
- April 5
- April 19
- May 3
- May 17
- June 7
- June 21
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to RSVP to an upcoming meet and greet.
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.