The Peoria Unified School District is offering Summer Food Services. ALL Kids 18 and under eat FREE!! Meals are available Monday through Friday. A list of locations and times breakfast and lunch are being served is provided below along with the Meal menus. Dinner is served at the Peoria Community Center M-Th 4:30 – 5:15p and Fri 4:00 – 4:45p.
Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions:
Who can eat for free?
Anyone under 18.
If you’re affected by special needs must be under 23.
Do you have to live in Peoria?
No. You could have family visiting from Ohio and they can come. (They don’t have to even live in Arizona!) Because this is a government funded program, anyone literally anyone under 18 can walk in and get free breakfast, lunch and dinner. (must see flyer for site specific offerings, not all sites have these options)
Do I have to prove any income or any form of need?
Absolutely not. Everyone is welcome just as they are.
As a parent can I eat off my baby’s plate and split with them?
Unfortunately not. The food has to be specifically for the child’s consumption. Adult meals cost $3 a person.
Have any other questions? Contact Kylie Knapp, Food Service Nutrition Coordinator – Peoria Unified School District, at 623-487-5187.
Use the nationwide finder for other locations. https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks
1-4 kids are hungry in Arizona. Let’s end hunger together!
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A resource for parents who are looking for well researched and helpful product reviews.
Everything from gift ideas and products for children in your family or even your friends’ kids.
You can visit their website at buzzparent.com
Arizona Kinship Support Services (AKSS) offers support and resources for relatives, like grandparents, caring for related children.
Visit their website for more information at www.azkinship.org.
A resource that provides information about addiction and substance abuse.
Studies show that about 14% to 43% of children go through at least one trauma. Of those children and teens who have had a trauma, 3% to 15% of girls and 1% to 6% of boys develop PTSD. The DrugRehab organization works to spread awareness of this issue and to be an informational resource for those impacted by alcohol and drug dependence. DrugRehab representatives are available to 24/7 at 866-970-3184.
Click the logo above to visit their website and learn about addiction care and education.
Behavioral Health Services for DCS Involved Children January 14, 2016 The Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) through the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHAs) provides an urgent response to all children and adolescents who are removed from their home by the Department of Child Safety (DCS). DBHS requires that children and youth removed by DCS:
- Be seen and have a completed assessment within 72 hours of removal.
- Receive a behavioral health urgent response, a comprehensive assessment
- and remain open for behavioral health services for a minimum of 6 months.
Each RBHA has a DCS Liaison to assist DCS staff and foster families with accessing necessary behavioral health services. The RBHAs have a single point of contact to assist foster parents with ensuring that children removed by DCS receive appropriate and timely behavioral health services to meet their needs. The RBHA DCS email single point of contact can be used by DCS staff, foster parents, and congregate care providers to send questions and/or request any assistance in navigating or obtaining behavioral health services.
FOSTER FAMILIES HAVE A VOICE. DO NOT WAIT. CALL YOUR DESIGNATED RBHA DCS CONTACT:
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC) Maricopa County
Randy Grover, LCSW Child Welfare Manager (480) 751-8471
RBHA Member Services 1 (800) 564-5465
Health Choice Integrated Care (HCIC) Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo & Yavapai Counties
Victoria Tewa Director of Children’s Services (928) 214-1194
RBHA Member Services 1 (800) 640-2123
Cenpatico Integrated Care (C-IC) Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Pinal & Yuma Counties
Nichol Houser MSW, M.Ed. CMDP Liaison 1 (866) 495-6738 x26193
RBHA Customer Service 1 (866) 495-6738
If you are unable to satisfactorily resolve your concern through the single point of contact at the RBHA or their member services line, please contact the DBHS Customer Service line for support at 602-364-4558 or 1-800-867-5808. This allows the state to not only address individual concerns but also identify and resolve barriers to accessing quality services that could impact others. Anyone can call Customer Service whenever you are experiencing difficulty with accessing needed behavioral health services in a timely manner or have concerns related to the quality of services received. We are here to support foster families!
Arizona Helping Hands offers basic needs programs to foster families who have opened their hearts and their homes to boys and girls in the DCS system.
Their offices are located at 7850 East Gelding Dr, STE 500, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.
Office hours are Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm. Give them a call at (480) 889-0604.
Visit them on the web at www.azhelpinghands.org
The Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) through the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHAs) provides an urgent response to all children and adolescents who are removed from their home by the Department of Child Safety (DCS). DBHS requires that all referred children and youth be seen within 72 hours of removal and an assessment be completed. DBHS has directed that children removed by DCS receive a behavioral health urgent response, a comprehensive assessment and remain open for behavioral health services for a minimum of 6 months.
Each RBHA has a DCS Liaison to assist DCS staff and foster families with accessing necessary behavioral health services for children and families involved with child welfare. Additionally, the RBHAs have established a single point of contact to assist with ensuring that children in out of home care receive appropriate and timely behavioral health services to meet their needs. The RBHA DCS email single point of contact can be used by DCS staff, foster parents, and congregate care providers to send questions and/or request any assistance in navigating or obtaining behavioral health services. Below are the RBHA DCS email addresses and contact information for each of the RBHAs. Click here for printable version.
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC)
Randy Grover, LCSW, Child Welfare Manager (480) 751-8471
RBHA Member Services: 1-800-564-5465
Health Choice Integrated Care (HCIC)
(Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo & Yavapai Counties)
Victoria Tewa, Director of Children’s Services (928) 214-1194
RBHA Member Services: 1-800-640-2123
Cenpatico Integrated Care (C-IC)
(Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Pinal & Yuma Counties)
Nichol Houser MSW, M.Ed., CMDP Liaison, (866) 495-6738 x26193
RBHA Customer Service: 1-866-495-6738
If you are unable to satisfactorily resolve your concern through the single point of contact at the RBHA or their member services line, please contact the Arizona Department of Health Services / Division of Behavioral Health Services customer service line for support at 602-364-4558. This approach allows the state to not only address individual concerns but also identify potential system barriers to accessing quality behavioral health services. Additionally, you may use these numbers whenever you are experiencing difficulty with accessing needed behavioral health services in a timely manner or have concerns related to the quality of services received. Thank you for your support and commitment to improve the lives of DCS involved children and their families!
(January 14, 2016)
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NFPA is a national organization meeting the needs of foster families in the United States.
Want to stay informed, subscribe to The NFPA Informer a bi-monthly collection of news, opinion and updates for foster, adoptive and kinship families. The articles include news and announcements from NFPA, as well as top news articles from the media around the nation and world.
KIDS Consortium has compiled a list of foster & adoptive family licensing agencies. Click here to view the list.
For young adults who have experienced foster care, access to affordable health care is critical to their future success. Starting January 1, 2014, young adults who aged out of foster care in Arizona at age 18 and are under age 26, may qualify for a special health insurance program called Young Adult Transitional Insurance (YATI). YATI health insurance is provided through Arizona’s Medicaid program known as AHCCCS. This insurance gives young people access to low or no-cost medical checkups, prescription medicines, medical specialist, and doctors visits when they are sick.
In an effort to help community providers and outreach workers ensure young adults who have aged-out of foster care in Arizona are aware of the health care benefits available to them, Children’s Action Alliance has developed a Health Care Toolkit. The Toolkit contains a Fact Sheet, Frequently Asked Questions, Brochure, and a Handout Card. CLICK HERE to download the Toolkit.
Arizonans for Children is a 501(c)3 organization that has been working to improve the lives of children in foster care since 2002. They offer free programs and events for all foster youth. Arizonans for Children is pleased to facilitate visits at one of their three children’s visitation centers in Peoria, Mesa or Central Phoenix. They offer free tickets to events for foster families, monthly birthday parties, annual holiday party and a Spring Festival for foster families and children at Encanto Park.
The following educational programs are completely free and available to all youths in foster care:
- Tutor/Mentor Program, an adult mentor/tutor is assigned to work with a child in foster care for a minimum of 2 hours per week for one year to help improve educational and emotional outcomes.
- Justice League Program, a legal education program teaching foster youths ages 12 to 18 about their rights and responsibilities under law in the state of Arizona. Speakers include Juvenile Judges, Lawyers, DCS Young Adult Division and other motivational speakers who help encourage youths to make smart choices in preparing to age out of foster care.
- Financial Literacy – Aging Out Program, partnering with Take Charge America, we have developed an Aging Out Program with emphasis on learning life skills to successfully age out of foster care. These are practical, interesting and innovative classes.
- Dance Program, partnering with Ballet Arizona, Boys & Girls Clubs and ASU Sun Devils Stadium we provide weekly dance classes for youths in foster care, including classes in Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, Salsa, Meringue, Bachata and break dancing.
- Cooking Program, Sewing & Craft Classes; we offer weekly cooking, craft and sewing classes at valley-wide locations. Students will learn techniques in food preparation, safety and nutrition, hand and machine sewing as well as how to make creative and low-cost craft projects.
All programs are taught by dedicated background checked and trained volunteers. For more information or to complete an application, please contact Annie Ansell at 602-252-2270 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to visit the Arizonan’s For Children website.
The Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation promotes the self-esteem and enriches the lives of Arizona’s children in foster care by funding social, athletic and educational activities and items that provide them with quality experiences while they live through very difficult circumstances. CLICK HERE to visit their website.
Interested in receiving an educational scholarship for a student CLICK HERE.
The Foster Care Review Board advises the juvenile court on progress toward achieving a permanent home for a child or children involved in a dependency action and in an out-of-home placement. Visit their website at www.azcourts.gov/fcrb or click here.
The Juvenile Court conducts it’s business at two locations in Maricopa County. Click here to view locations.
Arizona WIC Program is a nutrition program that helps the whole family learn about eating well and staying healthy. Click here for a direct link.
Arizona Department of Child Safety: Policy & Procedure Manual
Unable to reach your Case Manager in a timely fashion and need an answer now?
The Foster Parent Warm Line is a toll-free number for resource parents who are experiencing crisis situations and cannot reach their Child Protective Services’ (CPS) case manager in a timely manner. By calling 1-877-KIDSNEEDU (1-877-543-7633) and selecting Option 3, resource parents will be connected to a Warm Line designee. The line is staffed from 8:15a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Messages may be left at any time of the day or night. Staff’s goal is to respond to those messages within the next business day so resource parents feel supported in getting their needs met in serving our children.
The intent of the Warm Line is to provide resource parents with information, assistance with authorizations for services, timely communication, and support. It is not intended to discourage or replace direct and regular communication between the CPS case manager and the resource parent.
Click to view PDF list ➜ DCS BH Unit Contacts
DCS Ombudsman/ Marcy Morales 602-542-2203
DCS Family Advocacy: 1-877-527-0765 or 602-364-0777
Online listing click here to view
Foster Care Closet is sponsored by St. Jerome’s Parish in Phoenix. It’s located at 10815 N. 35th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85029. For an appointment contact Janet Cunningham at 602-803-6343.
GoodThreads in Pima County sponsors a clothing exchange one day a month (the next one is coming up Saturday, November 12, at La Paloma Family Services, Inc. 609-2382 870 W. Miracle Mile Tucson, AZ 85705.
Helen’s Hope Chest is a boutique that provides gently used clothing and basic need items free of charge for children in foster or kinship care. Helen’s Hope Chest is open M, T, Th, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only. Call 480.969.5411.
Jose’s Closet offers a place where foster and adoptive parents can exchange clothes, cribs, strollers, toys or other equipment. Jose’s Closet recently moved to Thunder Mountain Middle School, Center Stage Christian Church at 3700 E. 16th Ave. in Apache Junction. Contact Wendy Esquibel at email@example.com or call 480.309.1743 for an appointment. There is a small membership fee for Jose’s Closet.