foster care

providing foster families with support

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TYPES OF FOSTER CARE

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ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

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BECOME A FOSTER PARENT

Foster children face unique challenges that often have dramatic effects on their lives. Without a stable, healthy home, these children face lifelong struggles in school, relationships and the workplace. There are thousands of youth in the foster care system with an urgent need for loving homes to open their hearts. By ensuring that foster parents have the licensing, confidence, and resources they need to care for a child from the foster system, A New Leaf is creating happy homes for countless children in Arizona.

children are in foster care in the state of Arizona

13,400children are in foster care in the state of Arizona

types of foster care

A New Leaf’s Foster Care Program recruits and trains adults to become licensed foster parents or Respite Providers. By ensuring that foster parents have the licensing, confidence, and resources they need to care for a child from the foster system, A New Leaf is creating happy homes for countless children in Arizona.

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Traditional Foster Care

A New Leaf’s Foster Care programs focus on recruiting and training adults interested in becoming licensed foster parents. A New Leaf works with families and individuals to provide guidance and support throughout the foster care journey.

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Kinship Licensing

A kinship foster caregiver is an adult or relative who cares for and shelters a foster child who has direct involvement with the Department of Child Safety (DCS). The Kinship Licensing Programs helps families get licensed to obtain additional support and resources.

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Therapeutic Foster Care

The Therapeutic Foster Care Program provides short term care and support to children that endure behavioral health issues. A child is matched up with an adult who is professionalized in the field of behavioral health in order to temporarily house and guide them towards mental stability.
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Transitional Foster Care

This program supports unaccompanied minors from Central or South America and helps them maximize their opportunities and potential as they transition into their lives in the U.S. Children are placed in foster homes for approximately 4-6 months, though in some cases this timeframe can vary depending on circumstances.

additional support

A New Leaf’s staff closely facilitates transitioning the right child into the right home and provides ongoing monitoring and support to all foster and adoptive families, as well as Therapeutic Foster Care Providers.

program benefits

Advocacy for children placed

On call staff offering 24/7 support

Support groups

State compliance guidance

Free initial and ongoing training

become a foster parent

Start your journey towards becoming a foster parent today by applying to A New Leaf’s Foster Care program. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure you are prepared, comfortable, and capable of providing a loving home to a child in need.

Requirements

  • 21 years of age
  • Level 1 fingerprint card (can be completed at time of licensing)
  • Must pass criminal background checks and provide references
  • Attend all required training, classes, therapeutic intervention, and medical classes
  • Pass a home inspection and proof of income requirement
  • Submit a physician’s statements on physical and emotional ability to care for a child/adolescent
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, or at least 2 years experience as a foster parent
  • Foster parents must also become certified for CPR and First Aid which is provided through A New Leaf.
  • Therapeutic Foster Parents must complete an additional 48 hours of training in order to care for children with a higher level of behavioral need.

Training

Foster Parents must complete the state required training through Foster Parent College. This training helps provide foster families with the tools they need in order to best care for children who have experienced trauma.

 

  • 5 week course that takes place once a week
  • Hybrid class that requires both in-person and online participation
  • Opportunities for an alternate training schedule can be approved when necessary

forever changed by your generosity

Mila

Mila and Christopher are both grateful to A New Leaf’s foster care staff who have helped with the licensure, adoptions, daily support and resources. “A New Leaf is such a wonderful organization,” said Mila. “They have shared our high points and low points. We know...

Jessica

You will get attached, as you should. The kids need you to get attached; it helps them feel safe and learn how to bond so they can build healthy relationships. We spend countless nights awake worrying every time a child reunifies, but the joy of caring for the...

Mila

Mila and Christopher are both grateful to A New Leaf’s foster care staff who have helped with the licensure, adoptions, daily support and resources. “A New Leaf is such a wonderful organization,” said Mila. “They have shared our high points and low points. We know...

Jessica

You will get attached, as you should. The kids need you to get attached; it helps them feel safe and learn how to bond so they can build healthy relationships. We spend countless nights awake worrying every time a child reunifies, but the joy of caring for the...

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Kristina Gonzalez
Program Manager
(480) 825-6564
FosterCareAdoption@turnanewleaf.org