THANK YOU for your willingness to volunteer your valuable time to help foster children and families! There are a variety of ways to get involved. You can volunteer for events with DCS or explore other volunteer options.
The Arians Family Foundation is “A Voice for Children.” The Foundation advocates for children by supporting and developing programs which work to prevent the abuse and neglect of children. The Arians Family Foundation supports Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). CASA ensures that children who are involved in the court system, as a result of mistreatment or irresponsibility by their families, receive the love and help that they need.
What is CASA? CASA plays a vital role in speaking up for these at-risk children in court, by protecting and fighting for their rights. The need is great for compassionate volunteers who are willing to be a voice for these children in need – only 10% of Arizona’s 19,000 foster children have a CASA.
Who can be a CASA Volunteer? Volunteers are everyday people from a variety of backgrounds. If you are at least 21 years of age and desire to help children who are in need of caring guidance, you may be the ideal person to support a child through this traumatic time in his or her life.
What are the Benefits of being a CASA Volunteer? Volunteers receive the tremendous reward of knowing that they are part of the solution. They build relationships with children that can have a positive, lasting impact. Also, CASA volunteers receive valuable training and encouragement along the way.
KARE Family Centers
If you are a family member raising grandchildren, nieces or nephews, cousins or other relatives; or raising children of a family member who is incarcerated, the KARE Center can help. Services are provided in both English and Spanish.
Lodestar Family Connections Center (LFCC)
provides a variety of programs for foster, adoptive, guardianship and kinship families. LFCC is family-centered to help meet the diverse needs of families caring for Arizona's children.
Mentor children in foster care
These agencies provide mentoring services to children and youth in foster care. Some agencies focus their efforts on teens who may age out of the foster care system with no family connections. Other agencies work with children of all ages. As you talk with agencies about their requirements, please also ask about the ages of the children if you have a preference.
Not everyone is able to be a foster or adoptive parent, but everyone can make a difference. If you have an idea, or would like to find out what the needs are, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator. We are happy to give you an opportunity to improve the lives of children in foster care!