On Saturday, April 29, 2017, MyersStrickland, PLLC had the opportunity to be a part of a resource fair for prospective foster families, current foster families, kinship families, and adoptive families. The event was a collaboration between Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents, Grace Retreat Foster/Adoptive Services, and the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.
The free fair was organized to provide foster, adoptive, and kinship families with the important resources available to them as they raise Arizona’s children. More than 300 children and adults attended and enjoyed Eegees, Blackjack Pizza, jumping castles, fun and games! Organizations in attendance were Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents, Tucson licensing agencies, More Than a Bed, FACT Council, Foster Care Review Board, Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona, BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse), Arizona Subsidy, the Tucson Police Department, the Golder Ranch Fire Department, and others.
This event is slated to occur every six months, so be sure to look out for information on the next event!
The Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents
The Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents is a non-profit, statewide organization that serves families who adopt children and provide foster and kinship care.
Working in partnership with child welfare professionals and the community, their purpose is to support, educate, empower and provide a unified voice for Arizona’s foster and adoptive families, with the goal of increasing the well-being and stability of Arizona’s most vulnerable children.
For more information, visit http://azafap.org/
More Than a Bed
More Than a Bed supports foster families and the children in their homes by providing for practical needs. The organization inspires the community to get involved in the life of a foster child and support the family providing care. They encourage new families to become licensed and existing families to remain licensed with the goal for every child in Pima County and its surrounding areas to have a safe place to call home.
For more information, visit http://www.morethanabed.org/
Foster & Adoptive Council of Tucson
FACT’s missions is to raise awareness, develop support, create resources and promote advocacy for foster care and adoption among the Tucson community at large as well as key members of the community. FACT hopes to create a community where foster and adoptive homes are available for all children in need, as well as a community with a full range of supports available to children and to the foster parents who care for them.
For more information, visit http://fosterandadoptivecounciloftucson.org/
The Foster Care Review Board
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. The well-being of these children is the highest concern to board members.
There is at least one Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) in each Arizona county with several boards in the more populated counties. There are five volunteer members on each board. They are appointed by the court and have a sincere interest and concern for children. These volunteers represent the various racial, ethnic, social and economic groups of the county in which they serve.
For more information, visit https://www.azcourts.gov/fcrb/
The Girl Scouts
The Girl Scouts 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world.
Their extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
The Girl Scouts are the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.
For more information, visit http://www.girlscoutssoaz.org/
Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA)
Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) is a non-profit, 501-C-3 tax exempt organization that exists to provide aid, comfort, safety, and support for children that have been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused. We are dedicated to the principle that one of the basic rights of childhood is to be safe and protected, and when the child’s family or environment have failed them, we stand ready to provide it to them.
B.A.C.A. is a strong organization of dedicated individuals who are willing to sacrifice any and all in order to protect and secure a child’s basic right to a happy childhood.
For more information, visit http://arizona.bacaworld.org/arizona/pima-county-chapter/
Tucson Police Department
The Tucson Police Department has worked very hard over a period of years to develop and insure a relationship of trust and partnership with our large immigrant community. The very fabric of our city is interwoven with residents from diverse backgrounds, representing many races and ethnicities that come from a wide range of places. Tucsonans pride themselves on kindness and inclusiveness.
For more information, visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/police
The Golder Ranch Fire District
With integrity – Golder Ranch Fire District provides responsive and caring fire and life safety services that meet the emerging needs of our community through teamwork, dedication, and professionalism.
For more information, visit http://grfdaz.gov/
Through the Adoption Subsidy Program, children may be eligible to receive Title XIX benefits for medical, dental and mental health services. In addition, children may also be eligible to receive monthly maintenance subsidy payments, special support services, and non-recurring benefits, including legal expenses for adoption.
Adoption Subsidy case managers are available to provide consultation and support to assist parents in securing community resources and advocating on behalf of their children.
For more information, visit https://dcs.az.gov/sites/default/files/media/PAP-194-PD.pdf