If you know of someone (a friend, family member, acquaintance), who may be interested in becoming a foster parent, please send them this email and have them fill out the form at the link below to learn more.
Be sure to have the person you’re referring add your name in the “How did you hear about us?” section of the form.
Not only do you help grow the foster parent community, but you’ll receive a $200 gift card for every foster parent you refer and assist in becoming licensed. As you know, the licensing process can often be confusing and lead to many questions. An experienced foster parent can be the greatest support to an incoming family. See a great example below in our #Loveup Moment.
Thanks in advance for helping share the incredible experience of becoming a foster parent with others. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
DCS is partnering with The Johnjay & Rich #Loveup Foundation to honor and recognize Arizona’s foster and adoptive families. The #Loveup Foundation was created to promote the movement of “spreading love and kindness.” As part of the movement, the #Loveup Foundation will monthly recognize a foster or adoptive family in a ” #Loveup Moment” for their commitment and dedication to the children of Arizona. The family recognized in the #LoveUp Moment will receive a $100 gift card, courtesy of #LoveUp Foundation. To nominate a family click the button below.
This month’s #LoveUp Moment was nominated by Katy from Garden House group home. Here is what she submitted. In December of 2018 Julio and Rio Godinez and their two daughters attended a Christmas dinner put on by their church for foster children. Little did they know that their lives would be forever changed that night. Rio had previously met the oldest three of a sibling group in her Sunday school class, but did not realize they had three younger siblings. It was during this event that they had the chance to meet all six of the children and instantly felt a special connection with each of them. They spoke with the group home staff member who had brought the children to the dinner and were informed that the six children were about to be separated into two foster homes one week before Christmas. This devastated the Godinez family who, after their first encounter, could see just how deeply bonded the sibling were. They left the dinner that night saying to themselves that it wasn't a question of "if" they would commit to keeping those precious kids together, but "how." Although the idea of growing from a family of four to a family of ten overnight seemed extremely daunting, and they experienced numerous unforeseen setbacks along the way, they never wavered in their commitment to keep the children together and make them a part of their family forever. Over the course of the following few months, the Godinez family selflessly rerouted their home and entire lives to prepare for and accommodate the needs of the six children. Their dedication and willingness to uproot their way of life in order to preserve the family bond of six kids is rare and extraordinary. The Godinez family story is a beautiful example of true commitment and love, even when it's not easy and requires sacrifice. They are an inspiration to so many.
Training Opportunities Statewide
Warmline Supports Kinship and Foster Families
The Foster Parent Warmline is available for kinship families and licensed foster parents. While not an emergency number, Warmline staff can assist with information, authorizations for services, timely communication, and support. It is not intended to discourage or replace direct and regular communication between the DCS Specialist and the out-of-home caregiver. You can reach the Warmline by calling 1-877-KIDSNEEDU (1-877-543-7633) and selecting Option 3. Warmline staff are available during business hours. Callers also have the option of leaving a voice message.
The Children's Heart Gallery heightens the visibility of some of the state's most vulnerable boys and girls by using the power of photography to capture their unique spirits and stories. The profiles featured here on the website are also displayed in exhibits in churches, airports and malls, all with the purpose of connecting these children with forever families. Check out our new and improved site at childrensheartgallery.org.
Meet the Kids
Meet Jedidiah (who also goes by "Isaac"), an energetic and happy young man who enjoys listening to music and playing with Nerf guns. Isaac likes to spend most of his time outside, however, playing basketball or going for a swim with his friends. On the off chance he spends time indoors, Isaac likes to listen to music and play video games, and practice different dance moves. Isaac was born in 2005.
Abrianna & Serenity
Abrianna and Serenity both love to ride their bikes and their favorite food is spaghetti. Abrianna is very creative and loves to draw and read. Her favorite books are the Magic Treehouse series and her favorite music is the The Greatest Showman. If she could go any place on earth, Abrianna said she’d like to go to Hollywood and see the huge Christmas tree.
Serenity likes to play on the computer and iPad, play with Barbies, and play board games. She also likes to color, sing, and read. Serenity is also a great helper around the house, helping with laundry, setting the table, and making her bed. She loves movies and going out for ice cream. If she could go anywhere in the world, she’d pick Disneyland.
Abrianna was born in 2005 and Serenity was born in 2007.