Families choosing foster care through Christian Family Care have said “yes” to the Lord and a journey of faith and trust in his providential care of His children through them. By providing temporary care to children who have experienced the impact of neglect, trauma, and abuse – our foster families give children an opportunity to heal, finding a practical demonstration of God’s love and the opportunity to know him personally through the witness of their families and the hearing of the gospel message.
Through our regular foster care contract with the Department of Economic Security, families can minister to children coming through the state child protective system. We recently gained the state wide opportunity to minister to children who need higher levels of care through the Department of Developmental Disabilities. These children come with disabilities such as autism, mental retardation, and other developmental and physical challenges.
Is God calling you to become a foster parent?
In James 1:27 we read “True religion is this, to care for orphans and widows in their time of need.” The state of Arizona has over 14,000 children currently in foster care. These children represent all ages and ethnic groups. Many of these children are living in group homes waiting for a foster home and a foster family to love them. Christian Family Care is on a mission to find more loving Christian homes to meet this need.
Children are placed in foster care because their home is not safe for them. Christian Family Care foster homes provide a safe, temporary place for children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect. The goal of foster care is to provide safety for the child while the circumstances in the home are resolved. For some children returning home is not possible and those children may need an adoptive home. Many foster parents adopt their foster children. There is no financial cost to a family who adopts a child from the foster care system.
The decision to welcome a foster child into your home and family is one that requires careful thought and prayer. The love and guidance that foster parents give to a child can benefit them for the rest of their life. Christian Family Care will help you learn about the process, and the children, to help you make the right decision for your family.
To begin the process you must attend an information meeting. Click here for a list of upcoming Christian Family Care orientations.
Or, download a current community orientation schedule here:
Interested in Foster Parenting?
To become a licensed foster parent in the state of Arizona you must:
- Be 21 years of age or older
- Married or single
- Have adequate income to support your own family’s needs. The state will pay you an allowance to care of the foster children.
- Have adequate living space for a foster child including a separate bed.
- Provide personal references
- Pass a criminal background check
- Provide a physician’s statement verifying your emotional and physical health.
- Complete all training classes provided by CFC.
A higher level of developmental-focused care (DDD). Some may call these children “challenging.” We call them rewarding! These are children with developmental needs who require a higher level of care from specially trained, committed foster families.
A higher level of treatment-focused support (HCTC). As part of a mental health treatment team, foster parents work with one or two children at a time. In this structured, yet loving environment, children learn new coping skills and stabilize their behaviors so they can return to their families or move on to other permanency plans.
Whether it’s serving children with a higher-level of care needs or providing a more traditional foster home, please take the next step and contact us today! eMail Foster Care or call 800 939-5432
Find out more through ConnectOne!
ConnectOne connects Arizona children with Christian families and churches. ConnectOne provides connections, training, and resources to families, churches, and ministries ready to reach out in this mission field of vulnerable children. ConnectOne helps you become one that connects with one waiting to experience the Gospel lived out in a loving Christian home! For more on ConnectOne, go to the site ConnectOneNow.org
To take the next step
in foster parenting or if you would like more information please contact Foster Care or call 800 939-5432.
CFC is COA accredited (Council on Accreditation) and Licensed through the state to provide child welfare and adoption services. It is also licensed through the Arizona Board of Health Services as an out patient clinic.