April 2020 Issue 25
Over the last several weeks, we have all been thrust into uncertain times. We understand that information regarding COVID-19 is changing daily. We want to thank each and every one of you for your commitment to the children and families of Arizona. Please know we continue to work to support both birth and foster families. Below are some resources to get the most current information as well as, information on how best to increase safety and decrease risk of infection for your families.
Please remember to utilize the Warmline with any questions you may have, we are here to assist. The Warmline number is: 1-877-543-7633. For Foster and Kinship questions, select option 3. The line is staffed from 8am to 5pm, and you can also leave a message.
Finally, if you find yourself challenged as a caregiver regarding resources, please email our volunteer mailbox with your specific need and complete contact information firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to match the need with a community partner to provide assistance
AZ.127 Foster Family Support & Connections
AZ.127 will be offering support via Facebook & Instagram mini-sessions of techniques and tools from the Trust-Based Relational Intervention program. Additional they will be matching mentor foster families with foster families in need of support.
Virtual Things to Do
Virtual Field Trips
Here is a list of virtual field trips that was put together by a middle school teacher, Mrs. Fahrney. There are lots of places across the world to explore.
Meal Assistance Programs
Please remember to check your local school districts which are offering meals to all people under the age of 18.
Learning at Home
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.
Tucson Clothing Resource
Spreading Threads is a grassroots, nonprofit community clothing bank that provides free clothes to foster youth in southern Arizona. The organization was founded by two foster moms in Tucson who have fostered and adopted several children in Arizona. Your donations go directly to local children in need. The second Saturday of each month foster, adoptive, and kinship families can visit the clothing bank. A Notice to Provider will be needed. The clothing bank events are held at 1870 W. Prince, Suite 54 in Tucson.
AZ Families Thrive is published monthly by the Arizona Department of Child Safety to inform foster, kinship and adoptive families across the state. Ricky Denwood created this edition, please feel free to email with questions, comments or content you may be interested in seeing in future editions. Sign up to receive email updates when new issues are posted.
Interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent? Call us: 1-877-KIDS-NEEDU (1-877-543-7633) or email us: FosterAdoption@azdcs.gov. Visit us online: www.azkidsneedu.gov.
To report child abuse or neglect: 1-888-SOS-CHILD