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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘foster kids’

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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PHOENIX – Backpack and School Supply Drive

Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation hosts its fifth annual Backpack and School Supply Drive. The local nonprofit hopes to fill 5,000 new backpacks for the 2017-18 school year to benefit more than 17,000 kids in state care. (Last year, 5,600 backpacks were filled through AFFCF’s drive. ) In addition to backpacks, suggested new school-supply […]

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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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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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National Adoption Day creates hundreds of new forever families

National Adoption Day, Arizona

For 9-year-old Nevaeh Andrews, being adopted by her aunt and uncle last Saturday was the beginning of a new life. She was not alone—more than 300 children were adopted in Maricopa County that same day. November is National Adoption Month and around the country it’s marked with celebrations similar to the one at the Durango […]

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5 things to know about the new “Annie” movie

5 Things to Know About the New Annie Film

Wondering whether your family might enjoy the new “Annie” movie? Here are five things that may help you decide. It’s fine if you haven’t seen the musical. Families who have never seen a stage or screen version of “Annie” aren’t at a disadvantage. The film’s story line is understandable for folks who aren’t familiar with […]

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Free Arts blends mentoring with making art

Friends of Free Arts of Arizona, a Phoenix-based non-profit that provides mentoring and arts experiences for at-risk youth, gathered in Scottsdale yesterday for the annual “Every Child Matters” luncheon. I arrived at the event at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia to find walls lined with artwork displays and people sharing tales of times […]

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