Engaging members of families served by our members is central to the Alliance Mission. Whenever possible, family members will have an active role in subcommittees, participate in interviews and focus groups to help inform the work of the Alliance, and be invited to attend special events of the Alliance. Family members will be introduced by and participate through whichever agency is requesting their engagement.
The Maricopa Family Support Alliance membership is driven by the following three membership guidelines:
Alliance agencies must provide direct family support services as part of their mission.
Agencies must support the vision, mission and guiding principles of the Alliance.
Agencies must offer family support services in Maricopa County.
Founded in 1989, A Stepping Stone Foundation’s Maricopa County activities consists of a collaboration with Alhambra School District to provide family support services including: two preschool classes for a total of 35 three- and four-year-old preschool children, childcare for up to 26 younger siblings, monthly home visiting and adult education and parenting classes for the preschool parents in Phoenix. Identified as those children most at risk of school failure due to low literacy in the home environment, children attend a quality preschool program while their parents attend English and/or GED preparation classes.
In 1979, a group of dedicated community members in rural Surprise and El Mirage, Arizona saw that the health care needs of local farm workers were going unmet. These concerned citizens decided to join forces and apply for federal funding to build a community health center in El Mirage. The following year, a grant was awarded to establish Clinica Adelante’s first health center. These humble beginnings formed the roots of our belief in sustainable health care and our ongoing mission to provide for those in need of quality health care. Today, Adelante Healthcare continues to offer patients affordable health care of the highest quality at seven locations throughout Maricopa County and surrounding communities.
The Department of Child Safety and Family Services (DCSFS) is a program mandated under ARS §8-802 for the protection of children alleged to be abused and neglected. This program provides specialized welfare services that seek to prevent dependency, abuse and neglect of children. The Child Protective Services program receives, screens and investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect, performs assessments of child safety, assesses the imminent risk of harm to the children and evaluates conditions that support or refute the alleged abuse or neglect and need for emergency intervention. This program also provides services designed to stabilize a family in crisis and to preserve the family unit by reducing safety and risk factors. This program provides an array of services, Family Group Decision Making, Family Preservation Services (Intensive Family Services), High-Risk Infant Services (in Maricopa County), case management, parent aide and other in-home family support services. Not all programs are offered in every geographic area. In addition, services to promote permanence, stability and continuity of care are provided for children who enter out-of-home care. Services include, but are not limited to case management, permanency planning, provision of out-of-home care, kinship foster care, adoptive and foster home recruitment, other out-of-home services to individuals or families, and assistance to young adults in transition from adolescence to adulthood.
Established in 1975 as Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, the Child Support Services program is a federal/state/local program that collects child support from parents who are legally obligated to pay. The goals are threefold:
Arizona Learning Institute (ALI) lays the groundwork of hope for successful families and children. An experienced team of bilingual health and education professionals target four major Early Childhood areas: parent empowerment training, developmental and sensory screening, case management with family coaching (navigation of resources) and family literacy instruction. Parent Empowerment training is offered by certified staff using evidenced based parent education workshop series that includes: Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), Nurturing Parents, Opening Doors (Abriendo Puertas) and Strengthening Families Program. Evidenced informed and promising practice workshops include the Learning Basket (ages birth to three) the Readiness Basket (birth to five), Life’s Tool Boxes, marriage & family support, children & teen support, advocacy for children in schools, and leadership classes. The Institutes’ Developmental and Sensory Screening program provides training in several integrated developmental, sensory, and case management models: using the ASQ-3 & ASQ-SE-2 single provider, ASQ Enterprise (on-line system), Community Volunteer Promatoras, and the Peer-to-Peer Home-Visitor/Community approaches. Sensory Screening is integrated with all developmental models. State-of-the-art Vision and Hearing Screening training is coordinated to meet the AZ State Health Department Standards. Case Management uses a promising practice approach combining the Colorado Navigation and Strengthening Families methods that best suit Arizona rural and urban families. The Institute’s Family literacy instruction is particularly suited for rural areas where it is difficult to find trained teachers. ALI provides the evidenced based Scottish Rite Hospital’s Literacy program used by reading volunteers in the United States and over 15 countries. Parents learn to help themselves and their children through similar reading instruction offered to children in preschool through the 3rd grade. Developing healthy families to develop successful children is ALI goal.
The Arizona Partnership for Children, LLP (AzPaC) was formed in 1997 by Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, Inc.; Catholic Charities Community Services; and Devereux Arizona to provide a full continuum of Child Welfare services throughout the State of Arizona. As a social service network, its purpose is to enhance the service delivery of the partners by sharing resources and expertise. The three partners deliver a full range of child welfare services throughout the state of Arizona.
Founded in 1912, initially as Arizona Children’s Home, the state’s first accredited orphanage, Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) is presently one of the oldest and largest statewide child welfare and behavioral health nonprofit agencies in Arizona. Arizona’s Children has stayed true to its mission of ‘Protecting Children and Preserving Families’ for 98 years, serving over 46,000 children up to age 18 and their families annually across all 15 counties in the state. Over 600 staff, 560 foster family partners, and 1,400 volunteers strive to meet agency goals. With a focus on preventing child abuse and neglect as well as serious behavior problems and family dysfunction, AzCA also helps to heal children and families who have already experienced these traumas. The mission is driven by more than 40 Prevention, Intervention and Permanency services, including numerous multi-agency collaborations. All programs are family-focused, strength-based, culturally-sensitive, best practice and outcome-driven. They include: foster care, kinship services, adoption, crisis nursery, family support and preservation, prevention, infant brain development training, counseling, substance abuse and sexual abuse treatment, special education school, Head Start, group care, adult education, preventive health and fitness, recreation, and a neighborhood Community Center.
The Association for Supportive Child Care was founded in 1976 as a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing the quality of care for children in Arizona. Every program at ASCC meets a unique set of needs within the child care and early education field. The need for child care continues to be critical. Today, ASCC staff continue to help bring affordable, accessible, quality care to Arizona children and families.
The mission of the ASU Center for Child Well-Being (ASU) is to advance child and family well-being by enhancing the resilience of families and building safer and more vibrant communities. Working in collaboration with public and private entities, CCWB draws upon the expertise of faculty and students across ASU to support, sustain, and improve community-based services and care for children and families. The Center promotes the use of data driven and evidence-informed strategies to guide policy and practice through:
• Furthering cutting-edge research and evaluation
• Designing and delivering state-of-the-art training and education
• Engaging the community through strategic partnerships to enhance collective impact
The Center is comprised of a small core of faculty and staff who manage and support CCWB’s basic programs and functions. As community needs are identified, CCWB draws upon faculty with pertinent expertise. CCWB has established Community and Faculty Fellow positions to acknowledge the contribution of individuals from the university and community who are involved with and contribute to the work of the Center. The chart below depicts the organizational structure of CCWB. Business and Operations staff are shared with another ASU Center.
RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ADVANCING CHILDREN’S HEALTH (REACH)
The ASU REACH Institute, within the Department of Psychology, works both locally and globally with community agencies, state and local government, schools, and hospitals to implement evidence-based programs and practices with the goal of advancing research, education, and the health and well-being of children and families. Scientists at the ASU REACH Institute are leaders in prevention science who have led the way in the development and implementation of evidence-based prevention and treatment worldwide.
The Child Development Department provides a variety of supports and services to families throughout the East Valley. Our programs focus on families from the prenatal period to three years old. All programs provided are voluntary and emphasize the parents’ role as the child’s first teacher and best role model. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of families through relationship based programming.
The Benevilla Family Resource Center (BFRC) is funded by First Things First to help parents maximize the learning window of children 0 -5 years old. Our programs focus on three main strategies: 1. Community Resource and Referral to raise family awareness of, and provide linkages to, community services and supports, 2. Health Insurance Enrollment whereby trained, bi-lingual Assistors help families complete applications for AHCCCS and DES programs in convenient community locations, 3. Parenting Skill Development , which provides families parenting education opportunities including various series of evidence –based parent classes; one-time family workshops; Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support groups; and parent – child interactive groups.
The Buckeye Family Resource Center offers resources and referrals for all social service needs. We offer programs such as parenting classes, nutrition classes, mom/tot playgroups, domestic violence and child abuse prevention, and citizenship classes. We offer services such as AHCCCS/SNAP application assistance, developmental and sensory screenings, healthcare, internet access and faxing. We focus on families with children birth to 5 years old, and assist all community members, free of charge.
Care1st Health Plan Arizona, Inc. is an HMO and HMO SNP plan dedicated to serving Arizona families that reside in the Maricopa County and Pima County service areas. Since our inception in 2003; Care1st Health Plan Arizona proudly provides coverage to beneficiaries of Arizona’s implementation of the Federal Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), as well as coverage for Care1st members who are enrolled in Medicare and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) program.
Established in 1933, Catholic Charities Community Services has been providing comprehensive human services throughout Central and Northern Arizona. Through an array of programs/services Catholic Charities has focused on reducing poverty; helping abused women and their children; helping sex-trafficked women, welcoming and assisting refugees; promoting healthy youth; reducing homelessness and strengthening families. The mission of Catholic Charities is: “Helping our community’s most vulnerable with solutions that permanently improve lives.” The agency mission and overarching agency strategy is to strive for sustainable solutions. Central to this strategy is an organizational philosophy of collaboration and a network of partners in our communities to achieve our desired outcomes. Each year, Catholic Charities touches more than 80,000 lives providing help, creating hope and serving all.
The Chandler CARE Center, a program of Chandler Unified School District, is a family resource center providing resources to families in the heart of Chandler’s redevelopment area. The CARE Center provides eligible individuals and families access to social services including SNAP/AHCCCS/TANF enrollment, First Things First parent resources, a food bank, WIC, and VITA. Uninsured children living in Chandler and/or attending a CUSD school can access no-cost health care including medical care, immunizations, hearing and vision screening and referrals, and both preventive and restorative dental.
Chandler Christian Community Center (CCCC) is a nonprofit Food Bank and Family Resource Center, working to meet basic human needs for people in crisis and to empower individuals and families by providing programs that develop skills for self-sufficiency and long term change.
Parenting Arizona (PA) prevents child abuse and neglect through parent education, community collaboration, and multicultural family support. Parenting Arizona, formerly Parents Anonymous, was founded in 1970 and is now a program of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) and operates as a separate and unique 501(c)3. Parenting Arizona offers the following services in nine centers and multiple in-home sites throughout the entire state: multicultural focus, community-based parent education, in-home family support services, Healthy Families, school-based programs, volunteer services and community outreach.
Child & Family Resources Inc. is a nationally accredited, community-based, non-profit organization with the mission “making children’s lives better.” Child & Family Resources was founded in 1970 and has continued to meet the ever changing needs of families through more than 20 different programs in eight Arizona counties: Maricopa, Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz, Graham, Greenlee, Mohave, and Yuma. Child & Family Resources has been awarded national accreditation from the Council on Accreditation, documenting that the organization has met the highest standards and best practices in the field. The agency accomplishes its mission by working in three service areas:
Building resilient, healthy families through in-home family support.
We are pleased to announce this important milestone in our ongoing work in the area of child abuse prevention in the Phoenix Metro area. As longtime collaborators, our two agencies have combined 71 years of history in serving children and families by bringing our resources & talents together. This new agency will continue to provide a safe haven for abused and neglected children, enrich youngsters through early childhood education, build stronger families by connecting them with critical resources, and recruit, train, license and support foster and adoptive families. Collectively, we are providing services to more than 8,000 individuals and families.
The first of its kind in the Southwest Valley, the City of Avondale’s, Care1st Avondale Resource Center is a multifaceted hub for human services made possible by the innovative public and private partnership between Care1st Health Plan Arizona, First Things First and the City of Avondale. The City of Avondale is responsible for recruiting participating non-profit agencies, coordinating the services provided and evaluating the outcomes. The non-profits are provided free space in the center in exchange for providing the much needed services in the Southwest Valley. All programs and services listed are available without cost, with exception of Court ordered parenting classes.
Services offered at the Resource Center include:
The Deer Valley Unified School District’s Family Resource Center in partnership with First Things First, provides support to strengthen families living in the North Phoenix and Northwest Maricopa. DVFRC offers education, prevention, and awareness by coordinating existing programs and services to meet the needs of families with children ages birth through five. In support of this mission, the center empowers our parents and caregivers to become educators themselves, and join in the joy of their child’s learning during the early developmental years.
Educare Arizona’s mission is to ensure vulnerable young children and their families are successful in school and life by providing quality early childhood learning, family support and health care and by acting as an unequivocal voice for early childhood policy and practice. A state of the art, full-day, year round school, Educare Arizona serves children from birth to five years. Embracing our community’s most vulnerable children with programming and instructional support that develop early skills and nurture strong parent-child relationships, Educare Arizona creates the foundation for successful learning.
Empower International promotes international understanding through professional development and cross-cultural exchange. We create and lead trips abroad for Arizona Social Workers, students and other Human Service professionals. We also host Social Workers, Non Profit leaders and other Civil Service leaders from around the world, We customize a training program or internship between 1 and 12 weeks long, host family stay, cultural opportunities and professional exchange and dialogue. We are one of several affiliate chapters of the Council of International Programs USA, a 501c3, based locally in Phoenix.
We believe in providing the highest quality professional training and cultural experiences for each of our participants. We believe that when true professional and cultural exchange happens, understanding and tolerance are built. We take the time and care to provide excellent and supportive training programs that create positive change in communities in the Arizona and around the world.
Family Involvement Center’s (FIC’s) mission is to provide assistance and support to parents and caregivers raising children with emotional, physical, and behavioral health needs. We help parents who are navigating child-serving systems, such as: Schools, the Department of Child Safety, Juvenile Justice, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral and Physical Health Care, Foster Care and more.
FIC is a family-run organization that fosters parent-to-parent connections through training, education, one-on-one and group support that is delivered by parents, for parents. On our own journey as parents and caregivers of children with unique needs, we learned that connecting with other parents and sharing knowledge, support and compassion is invaluable. At FIC, we invite you to do the same.
Our services include:
For Parents and Caregivers:
Head to Toe Therapy is a leading provider of evidence-based, family-centered, and culturally sensitive medical and behavioral therapy interventions. Head to Toe provides occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, music therapy, and feeding therapy. Other program components include family support workshops, SIBshops, child psychiatry, and autism specialty services. Head to Toe provides AHCCCS enrollment services and specialists that are able to support families with system of care navigation. Primary care and dentistry services are in the works and should be available in 2016.
Centrally located at 7th street and Missouri, Head to Toe provides over 35,000 square feet of child friendly therapeutic atmosphere that is complete with floor to ceiling cartoon murals, a salt-water fish tank, in-door playground, family patio/bbq area, and a safe/secure in-door rock-climbing wall. Head to Toe Therapy also provides satellite locations in Avondale, San Tan, and Scottsdale. Some in-home services are also available.
Head to Toe Therapy is a one stop shop location that meets the needs of medically fragile children and families. Head to Toe is committed to providing a family-centered integrated model of care that saves resources and generates clinical outcomes!
Helping Families In Need is a local non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that helps Arizona’s vulnerable secure affordable healthcare and the resources they need. HFIN’s Application Assisters have been working since 2011, to assist community members in accessing various resources and benefits such as food and nutrition through the SNAP program, cash assistance through TANF, health insurance through Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act, as well as referring them for help with other basic needs, such as employment and housing. HFIN mission maintains “To make a lasting change in the lives of Arizona’s children and their families by securing affordable health care and other resources for those most in need”. HFIN’s bilingual and bicultural Community Health Workers are very successful in reaching out to and engaging families who might not otherwise seek help, because HFIN believes that that no one should be denied the basic needs of healthcare.
Hope Women’s Center serves women and teen girls facing any difficult life situation. Whether they are faced with poverty, domestic or sexual abuse, unplanned pregnancy, unemployment, single parenting, prostitution, drug/alcohol abuse, or family conflict, our trained mentors and teachers are available to help provide assistance, encouragement, support, and the necessary tools to make positive changes for their future. Our programs include free parenting and life skills classes, 1:1 mentoring and support groups, support for birth moms with children in foster care, pregnancy testing and support, free childcare for moms participating in our programs, community resource referrals, and material resources such as diapers, food, clothing, toiletries, and cash utility assistance.
Human Resource Training (HRT) offers a continuum of care related to the welfare of families. HRT’s 200 foster homes include after-hours immediate placement, homes specializing in developmental disabilities (DDD), homes that specialize in therapeutic foster care for children and youth with behavioral and emotional problems (HCTC), medically-fragile foster care, regular foster care for individual children and sibling groups, kinship foster care and adoption. HRT’s in-home services division, Parenting Skills Program, (PSP) provides in-home counseling and parent aide services to families experiencing the stressors related to child abuse and neglect.
At ICM Food & Clothing Bank (also known as Interfaith Cooperative Ministries), we meet the basic needs of 100 families every day, six days a week.
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The goal of our Desert Mission programs is to meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable community members and help them reach their full potential for health and self-sufficiency.
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW) has ministered to the urgent needs of people in communities throughout Arizona and the southwest. A willing heart, a helping hand, and a sense of serving the community with joy are reflected in the quality human care services LSS-SW is proud to deliver. Programs are developed and services delivered through partnerships with Lutheran congregations, other faith-based and community organizations, and federal and state government entities.
Maggie’s Place provides houses of hospitality and ongoing support to help pregnant and parenting women in need reach their goals, and welcomes them into a community filled with love and dignity.
The mission of the Maricopa County Human Services Department is to provide education, employment, shelter, and basic needs services to individuals, families, and communities so they can enhance their opportunities for physical, social, and economic wellbeing. The Human Services Department comprises four Divisions: Community Development, Community Services, Early Education, and Workforce Development.
The mission at Maricopa County Public Health is to protect and promote the health and well-being of all of our residents and visitors. This means providing individuals and families with protection from the health threats such as food-borne illnesses, natural and man-made disasters, toxic exposures, and preventable injury. Public Health also works to prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes by addressing their risk factors: poor nutrition, inadequate physical activity, and tobacco use.
As Arizona’s only public health care system, MIHS is committed to offering comprehensive care for all those who live in Maricopa County and beyond. Through a continuum of care and collaboration, MIHS is dedicated to keeping our community healthy by offering medical care in a top-notch, service-oriented setting.
We’re a locally owned and operated nonprofit organization that manages the public behavioral health system and serve eligible individuals in Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County. We’re sponsored by Mercy Care Plan and Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS).
If you’re experiencing behavioral health or substance abuse issues, you can call Mercy Maricopa Member Services at 602-586-1841 or toll-free 1-800-564-5465; (TTY/TDD) 711. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We have a wide network of community providers that serve our members and give them the support they need to reach their recovery goals. Our providers offer behavioral and physical health care, peer- and family-run services, crisis intervention and substance use and suicide prevention.
FPC Mesa seeks to offer broad support for all types of families through typical programs such as small groups, children’s programs, and counseling. In addition, working with various sister agencies, we offer a Preschool, literacy training, and seek to provide short term financial relief for families in distress in the areas of rent, utilities, food and other housing related expenses.
MIKID is a non-profit, licensed Outpatient Clinic, Family-Run organization in the State of Arizona that provides behavioral health services to youth and families throughout AZ. MIKID currently has offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Casa Grande, Nogales, Kingman, and Prescott. In addition, MIKID offers in-home and community supports across the state.
MIKID provides support, education, and skills development to families and their children, as well as youth and young adults, who are experiencing mental health and behavior challenges throughout Arizona. This is accomplished through MIKID staff providing one-on-one family support, peer support, health promotion, support groups, training and education, both individual and community-based living skills, respite, and connecting families and individuals with natural supports in the community. MIKID’s approach is grounded in the focus of assisting families and youth to have a strong and respected voice in the services they receive, the systems that provide those services, and their community at large. These services are unique in that those staff providing many of these services are family members, parents, and young adults who have personal “lived experience” in dealing with behavioral health needs.
Improving the lives of individuals and families through Native American culturally appropriate behavioral health, affordable housing, and community development services. Since 1972, Native American Connections has been changing lives, strengthening families, and building healthy communities. In that time, we have grown from a small grassroots organization operating one program for Native American men in recovery from substance abuse into one which now owns and operates 15 sites throughout Central Phoenix offering a continuum of affordable housing and behavioral health services which touch the lives of over 5,000 individuals and families each year.
The Native American Community Health Center, Inc. (dba NATIVE HEALTH) was started in 1978 as a small community nursing program. The initial funding was a grant from Indian Health Service. Since then the agency has expanded to include two primary service divisions: The Primary Care Division (Medical/Dental) and The Behavioral Health Division NATIVE HEALTH currently provides a wide range of programs including primary medical, dental, WIC (available at three sites), health promotion and prevention, wellness programs and behavioral health programs. NATIVE HEALTH provides services to over 12,000 individuals per year, resulting in over 68,000 visits. NATIVE HEALTH has contracts, grants and fees for services for over $7.3 million dollars. NATIVE HEALTH is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is led by a Chief Executive Officer under the supervision of the Board of Directors. NATIVE HEALTH is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc
At the Office of Faith and Community our mission to develop, implement and refine strategies for encouraging, enabling and supporting the community in service to those who rely on Arizona’s safety net. We are committed to relationships that create enabling conditions for growing and sustaining the capacity of individuals, families, organizations, and communities. We believe that Arizonans are better served when there is collaboration between nonprofit, faith, civic, governmental and marketplace leaders and their organizations. We have a responsibility to inspire all towards greater collaboration in this work. We believe that anyone in Arizona who wants a meaningful place to serve should have one.
Paradise Valley Family Resource Center prepares children ages birth to five, for success in school and life by providing the resources and referrals that connect and strengthen families. Open to all Phoenix residents, children play and develop skills while parents learn about the importance of parenting.
The Pendergast Family Resource Center is a family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high quality outreach program that supports the development, health, and education of all PESD families and the surrounding community with a focus on families with children birth to age five.
The Peoria Unified School District Family Resource Center sponsored by First Things First helps families to identify available services and provides them with support, referrals, workshops and seminars covering a wide range of topics such as nutrition, early literacy, language, child development, discipline & guidance, preventative health care, parenting skills and more. By coordinating existing programs and services we can meet the various needs of families with young children ages birth through five years.
Prevent Child Abuse Arizona is the leading voice that advocates for the wellbeing of Arizona’s children through the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The organization provides training, research-based prevention services, and parent education to help promote strong families and safe, healthy children.
CareConnect AZ connects families to resources to address their most pressing needs while strengthening partnerships with their medical providers. CareConnect AZ focuses on young children ages birth to five and their families. CareConnect AZ bridges the gap between existing health care services, communities, and families, by linking children and families to appropriate services and resources. CareConnect AZ provides a single point of entry into the multiple systems of care and services for families to obtain appropriate services. CareConnect AZ strives to strengthen parent and provider relationships, provide coordination of services for the child and family, increase families’ awareness of community resources, and improve families’ sense of empowerment and self-sufficiency. CareConnect AZ is a voluntary care coordination program that supports families with children age 0 to 5 who are in need of care coordination services.
Raising Special Kids is a non-profit organization of families helping families of children with disabilities and special health needs in Arizona. We provide information, training, resources, and support to families of children with disabilities and special health care needs in Arizona. Experienced staff lend an understanding ear and assist families in identifying and locating appropriate resources. Workshops offer training in a variety of skills including advocacy, effective communication and collaboration techniques. Our newsletter, Connecting, reaches more than 10,000 parents and professionals and e-news alerts are shared by request with a growing list of interested individuals.
Recognizing the critical importance of the first few years of life, Southwest Human Development (SWHD) focuses on very young children ages birth to five and their families. The agency currently operates more than 40 public and private programs and projects in five primary categories: child health and welfare, early literacy, services for children with disabilities, Head Start, and training for early childhood professionals. This year, SWHD served 135,000 children and their families. It is one of the largest non-profit agencies in Arizona and the state’s largest community-based organization of its kind. The mission of Southwest Human Development is to create a positive future for young children. The agency’s overall goal is to help children establish a healthy foundation by preventing problems before they arise, or when they already exist, intervening as early and effectively as possible. Southwest Human Development staff are well-trained and known for their high level of expertise. The agency is recognized for its innovative and flexible responses to changing community needs. At SWHD, we are committed to providing comprehensive, integrated services – to the concept of “One Child, One Family, One Team.” We seek out collaborations with a wide range of community partners, including local universities. Our services are research–based and reflective of the standards of best-practice in the early childhood field. A shared goal of all our programs is to promote positive caregiver-child relationships in recognition of the importance of healthy social and emotional development for overall growth and development. For further information, please contact the identified staff person for each program or refer to our website.
Strong Families AZ is a network of home visiting programs that helps families raise healthy children ready to succeed in school and in life. Our programs focus on expectant parents and families with children. Home visitors have helped families just like yours become stronger. We understand you and are here to help you build on the parenting skills you already have. Services are voluntary and are offered at no cost to you.
To provide teen-specific pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting educational support so teens and their families can experience a positive outcome. Our Vision is to be available to the adolescent population and their families throughout the state of Arizona and to positively affect the health and well-being of our community for generations to come. Our comprehensive education and support program concerning sexual health issues will improve the poor statistics adolescents are experiencing due to detrimental influences in society.
Tempe Community Council (TCC) is a community-based nonprofit with a 40-year history of encouraging resident interaction and commitment to human services in Tempe. TCC serves as a unique convening point for government, nonprofits, the faith community and residents to work together to ensure that the most vulnerable in our community are served with dignity and provided with a comprehensive system of support. TCC and the City of Tempe are partners in a continuum of coordinated services to enhance the lives of Tempe residents, particularly those most in need. Tempe Community Council provides: services for children and youth, affordable, independent housing for seniors, financial literacy and education, the stewardship of funds to invest in moving people out of crisis and into self-sufficiency, human service referral, research and planning of human service issues and policy, volunteer and advocacy opportunities and a culture for building philanthropy in our community.
TERROS is a community-based behavioral health organization that helps people recover from substance abuse, mental illness and other behavioral health problems. TERROS provides a wide range of services throughout Maricopa County, Arizona, including mobile crisis intervention, prevention of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS, outpatient treatment and specialized services to assist persons who have a serious mental illness.
The House of Timothy was founded in 2013, and provides pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and parenting support and education, at no cost, to women in the Greater Phoenix area. With a focus on infant mental health, and encouraging secure attachment, we work one on one with parents during home visits. We have doulas available to accompany mothers during labor, and offer breastfeeding support.
The New Foundation (TNF) is a community-based not-for-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for more than 450 youth and their families each year. Our mission is to help those we serve to attain healing through recovery and growth by identifying strengths and building new foundations.
Established in 1970, TNF originally offered substance abuse treatment and then evolved to provide a continuum of holistic-centered, positive therapeutic programs serving youth ages 11 to 17, struggling with complex behavioral, mental health, or substance abuse issues. Now, on a campus located in South Scottsdale, our staff encourage youth to change behaviors and achieve goals in Residential Treatment, Therapeutic Group Home, and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). Services are based on adolescent developmental research and address the unique needs of each child and family.
Thrive to Five Family Resource Centers strive to build healthy and empowered families by providing free classes and resources on child health and development. Our parent liaisons at each of our five resource centers throughout Tempe partner with families to provide resources and referrals, developmental screenings and parent education classes including: early literacy, nutrition, positive discipline, and kindergarten readiness classes. Classes are available in English and Spanish with free childcare provided during class. Families with children, ages five and under, are welcome. Thrive to Five is a First Things First funded program.
The Gila Bend Family Resource Center gives parents and caregivers the tools they need to support the cognitive, emotional, and physical development of their young children. Funded in part by First Things First, we are a place where families can get connected to the community resources they need. Our focus is on early childhood literacy, parent and grandparent education, nutrition, health, and child-centered activities. Programs, resources, and referrals are provided for family members of all ages. In addition, we offer assistance and services such as food boxes, hygiene supplies, Baby Bags (emergency baby supplies), Community Action Program (CAP), AHCCCS/SNAP application assistance, and developmental and sensory screenings. With Gila Bend over 35 miles away from a hospital, pharmacy, and grocery store, the Family Resource Center plays a key role in our community.
Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking (TRUST) coordinates anti-trafficking efforts in Arizona and increases public awareness about the crisis as it relates to Arizona’s children. TRUST creates opportunities for communication between service providers, community outreach organizations, law enforcement, legal services, the judiciary, media representatives and victim advocates. We were founded with the express purpose of eliminating the commercial sexual exploitation of young people.
Founded in 1964, UMOM is the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona. We keep families together, we provide a continuum of care from emergency shelter to transitional housing and finally, permanent, affordable housing. Families at UMOM have the opportunity to gain the skills, medical care, quality child care, and education they need to rebuild their lives and succeed when they leave. UMOM New Day Centers mission is to provide homeless families and individuals with safe shelter, housing and supportive services to assist them in reaching their greatest potential. UMOM New Day Centers programs include: New Day Shelters, Next Step Housing, Domestic Violence Shelter and Watkins Basic Needs Shelter.
Since 1952, UCP of Central Arizona has served as a private, non-profit health and human service organization for adults and children with disabilities and their families. As an affiliate of the UCP Association, we serve more than 2,100 families each year. Our innovative programs help children and adults with all types of disabilities including Down syndrome, spina bifida, cerebral palsy autism and developmental disabilities. In fact, more than 65% of the people we serve have a disability other than cerebral palsy. Our mission is to provide independence and integration in the community for people with disabilities. We are committed to improve the life of every individual – regardless of the severity of the disability. Our holistic approach to services includes different forms of therapy, education and training, and support services for individuals and their family members.
The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension-Maricopa County recently celebrated its 101st anniversary. The Family, Consumer and Health Sciences outreach programs in Maricopa County include the Roosevelt Early Childhood Family Resource Center in South Phoenix with its extensive family support, parenting and literacy offerings and the Brain Builders for Life: Prenatal to Age 3 and Learn the Signs: Act Early Autism professional development training programs. The UA Cooperative Extension community-based nutrition education and leadership development programs have over a 60 year history of translating research into useful information. In addition, county-based faculty and staff provide a wide array of consultation services, train the trainer programs and facilitation based upon needs of individuals, families, communities and organizations. The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension’s mission is to improve lives, the community and the economy. This model national outreach program is a three-way partnership of federal, state and county government.
Valle del Sol “inspires positive change by investing in human services to strengthen families with tools and skills for self-sufficiency and by building the next generation of Latino and diverse leaders.” This is our mission statement and the purpose of why we exist to serve the community. Since its founding in 1970, Valle del Sol has grown to be one of Arizona’s largest nonprofit organizations helping thousands of men, women, children, families and the elderly meet their needs through behavioral health, primary care, human services, and leadership development programs. Every day, Valle del Sol’s staff upholds our commitment to the community and to each other by acting with integrity and honesty; preserving dignity for all; respecting differences; being inclusive of the community-at-large; and empowering our community. We have identified two “vision points” to serve as our guiding principles in fulfilling our roles and in meeting our commitment to the community:
We embrace the opportunity for excellence because our work, in every area of the agency, helps people find what inspires them to live more fulfilling lives.
The Washington Resource Information Center (WRIC) is a family resource center funded by First Things First and focuses on strengthening families with children ages Birth to Five years through Prevention, Intervention and Education.
Along with connecting families to community resources, we offer:
WRIC is committed to assisting families with having positive, early childhood experiences!
Wesley Community Center, 1300 S. 10th St., with the mission of “Together We Empower Positive Change” provides programs and services through three priorities: Family /Youth Services; Amigos Center; and Wesley Health Center. Family/Youth Services coordinates after-school tutoring and activities annually from August through May; the eight-week summer activities are available in June and July. Additionally, families have access to: emergency food (all donated items); community gardening; senior exercise, and sewing classes as well as Christmas and Back-to-School family assistance. Wesley Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides a family practice clinic for all ages, uninsured and insured (AHCCCS), Medicare, United Healthcare, Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, etc.); Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; evening clinics, MTW, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Appointments and/or walk-ins. Located in west Phoenix (Indian School/79th Dr.), the Amigos Center provides adult education classes (ESOL, GED), community programs among three neighborhood associations, Maryvale on the Move collaborative project , and the Desierto Verde community garden.
Winged Hope’s correlated programs focus on Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Awareness, Prevention and Treatment. We help existing Family Advocacy Centers, and help start up new Family Advocacy Centers around Arizona. We have reached thousands of victims and survivors around Arizona. We believe in collaborating with other non profits, government agencies and the community at large, to help spread our message of hope and provide services to all who need us.
The Women’s Health Coalition of Arizona (WHC) is a grassroots organization, formed in 2006 by a small group of concerned community members and providers interested in closing the gaps to the accessing of community services and health care; experienced by the growing population of racial and ethnic minority groups throughout Arizona. The Women’s Health Coalition of Arizona (WHC) is a grassroots organization, formed in 2006 by a small group of concerned community members and providers interested in closing the gaps to the accessing of community services and health care; experienced by the growing population of racial and ethnic minority groups throughout Arizona. The WHC mission is to identify underserved populations in targeted communities with barriers to accessing appropriate health care, to advocate for adequate and appropriate services and to educate and empower these communities to be active participants in their own health care.
The Worthy Institute, LLC, is a private community organization that has been providing programs and services to families, organizations, and the community since 2005. Services include teen prevention and education and family support programs, cultural competency and diversity training and community health initiatives that address health disparities among at-risk and under-served populations. Our programs serve individuals, families and communities in Arizona and Virginia.
YWCA Maricopa County is dedicated to eliminating discrimination, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our vision is to develop opportunities for women’s growth in leadership and power to achieve human rights, dignity, freedom health, security, justice and peace for all people.