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 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, July 3rd 6-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 7th 6-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 4th 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: Begin Training

After you decide to partner with Child Crisis Arizona for your adoption or foster placement, an initial 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.

Read more about the Foster Parent College Pre-Service Blended Training Program and home study process.


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!