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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Arizona’s Children: Make a difference for kids in foster care

It really does take a village. For this fifth installment in a six-part yearlong series about Arizona’s foster care crisis, we explore ways to support the nearly 17,000 kids in state care — even if you can’t foster or adopt. THE JOYS OF CHILDHOOD are simple — a ride on the swings at the park, […]

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Arizona’s Children: Forming forever families through adoption

Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a six-part series about foster care in Arizona, where more than 16,000 kids remain in state care. Here, we look at three families who have adopted children in the foster care system. Chandler mom Michon Javelosa always knew she wanted to adopt. “I was not interested in […]

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Kinship care: Grandmother of four takes on the unexpected

Third in a series about foster parenting in Arizona Four years ago, Kelly Ray left her job as a special needs instructor in Ohio to be closer to her daughters and grandchildren in Chandler. A recent widow, she looked forward to being near family, especially her grandchildren. She also had friends in the area and […]

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ARIZONA’S CHILDREN: In foster families, love transforms

Gilbert couple Becki and Brett MacLay always knew they wanted a lively household, and that’s exactly what they got. Their children — 9-year-old Chloe and 6-year-old twins Landon and Brennan — fill the days with plenty of activity. But that’s not all. The MacLays also are a foster family, which means that on the day […]

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At-home volunteering: Make “no-sew” blankets for kids in foster care

Families Giving Back creates in-person volunteering events as well as at-home projects for families with kids of all ages. These events and projects — in conjunction with nonprofits across the Valley — offer opportunities that can fit any family’s busy schedule. This month, we’re spotlighting our partnership with Southwest Human Development. The first 2,000 days […]

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ARIZONA’S CHILDREN: Nearly 18,000 kids are in foster care. What happens next is up to us.

About 40 children — infants through preschoolers — temporarily reside at Child Crisis Arizona’s emergency shelter in Mesa. These are children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect, and for whom foster-care placement has not yet been possible. The Mesa shelter isn’t the only emergency facility in our state, but […]

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Project Jigsaw: A family for everyone

This story begins with two people who met through mutual friends at work. They found it comfortable to be together. A friendship blossomed. One night, they decided to go bowling. They didn’t think of it as “a thing”—they thought it was just hanging out as friends. It was fun—playful competition, easy conversation. They discovered how […]

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Backpack and school-supply drive benefits Arizona foster children

Soon it will be time to head out with the kids to buy all the necessary supplies—and maybe a new backpack?—in preparation for going back to school. But not all school-age children get the chance to enjoy that feeling of pride and preparation on the first day of school. The Arizona Friends of Foster Children […]

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The many faces of foster care

Three of nine youth who will take the stage Friday night in a new play called “Shipwrecked” know its subject better than most. They’re part of Arizona’s Child Protective Services system, as are two of the youth working on the play’s design and technical team. The play’s title is a metaphor for children tossed back […]

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Grant a summer wish for a child in foster care

You can fulfill a summer memory for a child in foster care. The Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation‘s annual Give a Summer Memory program has been posting real-time requests since spring. The program enables donors to read short descriptions about the children they could benefit and pick the level of funding they’re able to […]

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