Arizona’s Children Association

Arizona’s Children Association is the best resource for helping children and families in the state. For 100 years, Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) has stayed true to “Protecting Children, Empowering Youth, and Strengthening Families,” serving more than 42,000 children, individuals and families in all 15 counties in the state each year. Our professionally trained, caring and dedicated staff provides a broad spectrum of services that help create and sustain a healthy family environment. Our services include adoption & foster care, counseling & family support, kinship services, parenting education, transitional youth services and trauma/crisis response. Ninety cents of every dollar is spent directly on programs and services and we have been recognized by The Business Journal as one of Arizona’s top-ranking charitable organizations. We maintain a number of accreditations, state licenses and organization memberships that allow the agency to remain on the leading edge of child welfare and behavioral health issues in Arizona and the country. AzCA is licensed by the Arizona Departments of Behavioral Health and Economic Security and nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and Better Business Bureau. To learn more, visit our website at www.arizonaschildren.org.

KARE

Kinship & Adoption, Resource & Education (KARE) and Arizona Kinship Support Services (AKSS) are the support services provided by AzCA. The KARE Centers are physical sites where kinship caregivers can receive support services. The KARE Family Center in Tucson is a collaboration with Casey Family Programs. KARE Centers provide assistance to families who are raising their relative’s children (grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings and non-relatives/fictive kin). Many of these children come into the care of their relatives due to many different reasons including abuse, neglect, abandonment, drugs, incarceration, death, chronic illness, etc. KARE Centers are designed to provide these core services to help Kinship caregivers navigate the various systems that they will encounter when raising their relative’s children. * Depending on the county respite services may vary.

KARE provides:

  1. Information and referral for Kinship caregivers. Resources for their needs within the community including foster care and adoptive referrals
  2. Support- Through the form of support groups Kinship caregivers can come together to provide emotional supports to one another and empower one another. Respite family events for program participants. Support services for families who need additional assistance navigating the systems.
  3. Education for caregivers on topics including parenting, discipline, caring for children affected by trauma, and many other topics of interest chosen by caregivers.
  4. Facilitate Legal assistance through Title 14 Guardianship Clinics guardianship and legal information sessions to make the best informed decisions for the children in their care. KARE may also offer referrals for legal assistance.
  5. Assistance or referrals for application assistance with the Family Assistance Administration for food stamps, cash assistance (TANF), medical insurance (AHCCCS)
  6. Advocacy & Leadership-Advocacy for caregivers and children in the legislature, school, health, behavioral and mental health systems as well as child welfare systems. Advisory board made up of Kinship caregivers to carry the work of Kinship forward.
  7. In Tucson, case management services are provided with support from Casey Family Programs.

Services in Tucson are partially funded under contract with Pima Counsel on Aging as part of the Older American Act Program.