Foster Care

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Over 20,000 children are in the AZ foster care system, join us to find out how you can be involved in helping make a difference in the lives of these children. James 1:27 says, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”

As Arizona leads the nation per capita in the number of children in foster care, believers and followers of Christ have a great opportunity to live out this command. We are all called to help. We are all called to fight for the weak, to defend the oppressed.

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FOSTER/ADOPTIVE FAMILIES


In keeping with the recommendations from the state and federal government, our campus is closed until further notice. Please contact Melissa Davis at melissa.davis@rpcvolunteer.com for other ways to find support and stay connected through AZ127.

Join our Foster/Adoptive Care Support Group held every first Friday of the month. A separate registration is required for each month. There will be a different topic discussion each month, table time and an opportunity to get to know other Rock Point Church Foster/ Adoptive families. The group will meet in the main worship center, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Childcare provided if needed. If you have any further questions contact Monica Wilson at monica.wilson@rockpointchurch.com or Melissa Davis at melissa.davis@rpcvolunteer.com


Basic Training


Deepen your understanding of a biblical approach to foster care and adoption through this one-day course. Join us on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Rock Point Church. If you have any questions please contact Melissa Davis at melissa.davis@rpcvolunteer.com

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Foster Mentors


Becoming a mentor to a foster child can be the most vital part in one's life. You get to be a friend, someone who will encourage them, and one that can give stability. It is a very worthy task that quickly turns into a long lasting relationship. Our Foster Care Ministry is partnering with Arizonans for Children to bring the mentor program to Rock Point Church. This is an exciting opportunity to help a foster child in need. Their mission is to facilitate opportunities that provide effective solutions to alleviate hardships and improve the fragile lives of the abused, abandoned, neglected children in foster care

Stay tuned for our next Foster Mentor orientation.

RESOURCES FOR FOSTER FAMILIES
AND FOSTER CHILDREN


This list is just a few of the several local organizations focused on providing resources to foster families and the children in their care. If you are looking for something you do not see here, please email Melissa Davis at melissa.davis@rpcvolunteer.com for further assistance.

Helen’s Hope Chest
Helen's Hope Chest provides thousands of foster youth in Arizona with quality clothing, hygiene items, school supplies, books, gifts, and more at no cost to their foster parents. The unique, boutique-like environment encourages the children and teens to make their own clothing and accessory selections.
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Jose’s Closet
Resource center in Apache Junction that supplies foster, adoptive and kinship families with clothes, strollers, school backpacks, toys, formula and more.
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Arizona Helping Hands
We assist foster families who have stepped up to provide a safe, loving environment for children in the Department of Child Safety system. Our programs are designed to provide many basic needs for these boys and girls.
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ASA Now
Advocates for, supports, and assists children who are currently in or have been adopted out of foster care in Arizona. They also offer clothing, food, supplies and more for foster families as they receive new placements.
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Arizonans for Children
Arizonans for Children exists to facilitate opportunities and provide effective solutions to alleviate hardships and improve the fragile lives of the abused, abandoned, and neglected children in foster care. Supervised visitation centers, mentoring program, additional resources for foster children, foster families and bio families.
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Arizona Friends of Foster Children
AZFCF gives children in foster care back their childhood. We help promote their self-esteem and enrich their lives by funding activities and other needs that give them quality experiences as they live through very difficult circumstances.
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Advocacy 31Nine
Advocates for the educational success of children impacted by foster care in Maricopa County.
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Arizona Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents (AZAFAP)
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Arizona 127
Connecting local churches to educate, equip and empower families to serve foster children in Arizona. AZ127 offers invaluable training (TBRI) for anyone who serves at-risk/vulnerable youth and also offers Orientation and Basic Training classes for prospective foster families.
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ASA Now
Advocates for, supports, and assists children who are currently in or have been adopted out of foster care in Arizona. They also offer clothing, food, supplies and more for foster families as they receive new placements.
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AZ Family Resources
Answers to the questions asked most often by both new and experienced foster parents. The Arizona FIRST Advisory Commission created this website to offer increased support and information by providing you with policies, expectations, instructions, guidelines, tips, information, and resources. Be sure to look through both topical information and local resources.
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Hope and a Future
Every foster child deserves hope and a bright future. Together, Hope & A Future helps them reach their potential and achieve their dreams. Formed in 2004 as a Christian nonprofit, we serve abused and neglected children living in the foster care system. Our programs of summer camps, life skills, mentoring and college scholarships provide the children the necessary tools to be successful in life.
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Hotline
1-888-SOS-CHILD (767-2445)
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Warmline
1-877-KIDSNEEDU
The Foster Parent Warm Line is a resource for licensed foster parents who are experiencing situations and cannot reach the Department of Child Safety (DCS) case manager for the child in their care in a timely manner. By calling 1-877-KIDSNEEDU (1-877-543-7633), and selecting Option 3, licensed foster parents will be connected to a Warm Line representative. The Warm Line is staffed during business hours but messages may be left at any time of the day or night.
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Insurance
The Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program (CMDP) is the health plan that covers children in foster care.
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FOSTER CARE AWARENESS STATISTICS

  • 280 foster homes closed in January-March 2020
  • AZ needs at least 1200 new foster homes to meet the current need. The number will be much higher as we see the impact of COVID-19 on child safety and welfare.
  • Nearly 15,000 children are in out of home care in Arizona. Of those, about 3500 are ages 13-17.
  • 2,243 are currently placed in group homes or other congregate care.
  • 461 children aged out of foster care in AZ in the first half of 2018 alone.
  • An average of 25 kids are removed from their home per day in Arizona.
  • 71% of girls in foster care will be pregnant by the time they are 21.
  • 25% of young men who age out of foster care will father a child by the age of 19.
  • 30% of foster youth are arrested at least once before they turn 19.
  • A third of the nation’s homeless population spent time in foster care.
  • 80% of death row inmates are former foster youth.
  • More than one third of foster youth have 5+ school changes.
  • 44% of youth in AZ have experienced at least 3 ACE’s (adverse childhood experience)
  • 85-90% of children are removed from their homes due to neglect.
  • 1 in 3 children in foster care cannot read at their grade level.
  • Foster youth experience PTSD at TWICE the rate of US War Veterans.
  • Half of foster youth who have aged out have been involved with substance abuse.
  • Only half of aged out foster youth will be employed at age 24.
  • Nearly 60% of youth rescued from sex trafficking in the US were from foster care or group homes.
  • Arizona leads the nation in the number of children per capita in group or shelter care.
  • 1,300 children waiting in emergency shelters for a family more than three weeks.
  • Studies show the biggest factor in changing the trajectory of a foster youth’s life is ONE positive relationship with an adult for at least 6 months.

ONE mentor. ONE friend. Ask, how you can help? email Melissa Davis at melissa.davis@rpcvolunteer.com

WHATEVER IT TAKES