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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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Teens in foster care: Making the world a better place

For this final installment in a six-part yearlong series about the nearly 16,000 kids in state care, writer Sheri Smith meets an inspiring group of teens in foster care who are determined to make a difference. Autumn is 17 years old and a junior in high school. While other kids her age are struggling to […]

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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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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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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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The changing role of grandparents

“Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go…” So goes the famous nursery rhyme. There was a time when the extent of kids’ time spent at grandmother’s—and grandfather’s—house did not extend past holidays, summer vacations or birthdays. Grandparents often play a more active role in today’s families. Some grandparents have taken […]

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Grandparents raising grandchildren – a success story

grandparents raising grandchildren

“I wanted to thank you for raising me into the wonderful person I am and putting your name onto something so huge, it means more than you will ever know.” That’s just one line of a letter Alicia Beaumier wrote to her grandmother, Janice Allen, also of Mesa, last year. It is also a testament […]

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Play explores parenting a grandchild

Directing a new play called “Woman and Girl” has special meaning for Xanthia Angel Walker, who describes her own grandmother as highly practical, completely dependable and incredibly smart. The play imagines life for a young girl being raised by her grandmother. Together they read, hike, garden and repurpose items found abandoned along the road. It’s […]

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Celebrating adoption and foster families

After dreaming for years of performing a musical about adoption called “They Chose Me,” Valley Youth Theatre artistic director Bobb Cooper knew just who to call to help make it happen. Wednesday the Phoenix-based theater company gathered with friends from the Arizona Association for Foster & Adoptive Parents and the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation to […]

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Kinship families struggle to make ends meet

Mary Jansen is a grandmother who lives in Mesa. Theresa and Greg Banks are an aunt and uncle who live in Phoenix. Shelly Wilson is a cousin who lives in Goodyear. What do all of these individuals have in common? All of them are kinship caregivers, people who are caring for relatives who are children […]

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