Arizonans For Children

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Basic Information

Address: Administrative address: 2435 E LaJolla Dr Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone Number: 480-838-0085
Fax Number: 480-491-0197
Director: Kaye McCarthy

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Foster children
Clearances Required: Yes
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: foster children
Ages for Volunteer: 16
Minimum Hours Required: Varies depending on project
Days of Service: Mondays-Saturdays
Mission Statement:

Helping abused, neglected and abandoned children in Arizona.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Arizonans For Children is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children in foster care through various programs. We also provide visitation centers where families can meet in a comfortable home-like atmosphere for supervised visits.

Program History:

The core of our organization are the family visitation centers. We opened our first center in January 2003 in downtown Phoenix. In 2006 we opened a second center inside Celebration Lutheran Church in Peoria. In 2007 we opened our third center inside Desert Heritage church in Mesa. In 2008 our Phoenix center moved to Templo Maranatha, near Thomas Road and I-17.


Monthly birthday parties, holiday parties, Lifebook program, financial literacy, Juveniles for Justice, book club, luggage drive, tutor/mentoring program, cooking classes and more!

Additional Information:

Court-ordered supervised visits provide an opportunity to evaluate parenting skills acquired through state provided classes and counseling. The goal is to determine parental suitability with the possibility of family reunification. 

A key part of supporting these children is helping them maintain contact with siblings and parents. It is a sad fact that prior to the opening of our children’s Visitation Centers, these visits often took place in cramped Child Protective Services (CPS) offices. These places generally increase a child’s fear and apprehension while doing nothing to nurture and restore the parent-child relationship.

Our visitation centers provide an comfortable, family-oriented setting where parents and children can share meals and play together.

We also offer a tutor and mentoring program. Transience is an unfortunate reality for children in foster care. Like every child, they need and deserve a trusted adult in their lives on a long-term basis. Our mentoring program matches kids with adults who have been interviewed and thoroughly screened by AFC. Foster kids often need support to catch up and maintain academic goals. Our tutors work with teachers and foster parents to help the child succeed.