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Q&A with child and families advocate Siman Qaasim of Children’s Action Alliance

Siman Qaasim took the reins at Children's Action Alliance last fall. She talks about current legislative priorities and balancing work with parenting teens.

What I learned in grief counseling as a foster parent

I got the phone call from the lawyer after dinner, as my husband was putting our kids to bed. She said the 2-year-old we’d...

“Speak up” your kids: Keep the venting private; focus on positives in public

Confession: I’m good at truth-telling and being real. It’s not that I’m terrible at complimenting or lifting up my friends and family. But sometimes,...

Arizona Helping Hands: Making birthday wishes come true for thousands of kids in foster care

“Laura” had a difficult childhood. She grew up in foster care and was shuffled from one home to the next. She has many memories...

Valley Youth Theatre stages “They Chose Me!” about adoption, and it’s personal

For Bobb Cooper, Valley Youth Theatre’s producing artistic director, the subject of foster care and adoption is more than complicated. It’s personal. “It’s no secret...

Going from one to two (or more) kids: The challenges, parenting hacks and let-it-gos

Our household boasts three cribs, two bunk beds and dressers filled with at least $100 in diapers every month. We own two pack-and-plays, two...

Why every parent should see “Instant Family”

As a foster-adoptive parent, seeing the new movie "Instant Family" hit home on many levels. Our family has personally experienced similar versions of nearly...

Scottsdale mom: Why we grew our family through foster-care adoption

Each Wednesday when I picked up the Arizona Republic, I would read stories of kids who were eligible for adoption. I found myself captivated...

Deep breaths and being kind: A year as a foster parent

“Hi! It’s nice to meet you,” I respond a bit forcefully. It feels like the millionth time I’ve heard the same question: “Are all...

5 questions for foster care expert Paul Davis

As director of foster care services at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona, Paul Davis is responsible for the organization’s foster care and respite operations...

ARIZONA’S CHILDREN: Teens in foster care are making the world a better place

Sixth in a series about foster care in Arizona Autumn is 17 years old and a junior in high school. While other kids her age...

ARIZONA’S CHILDREN: Make a difference for kids in foster care

Fifth in a series about foster care in Arizona The joys of childhood are simple --- a ride on the swings at the park, a...

ARIZONA’S CHILDREN: Forming forever families through adoption

Fourth in a series about foster care in Arizona Chandler mom Michon Javelosa always knew she wanted to adopt. “I was not interested in having...

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...

ARIZONA’S CHILDREN: In foster families, love transforms

Second in a series about foster care in Arizona Gilbert couple Becki and Brett MacLay always knew they wanted a lively household, and that’s exactly...

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 ---...

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