Family Support & Child Welfare Services

Supporting caregivers throughout the joys and struggles of raising their children


Southwest Human Development offers an array of education and support services for families to help parents and caregivers as they raise their children. We believe that all caregivers have the desire to improve their parenting skills and behaviors, while promoting positive parent-child interactions, enhancing their child’s health and development, and increasing their family’s economic well-being.


Family Support and Parenting Education Programs

Southwest Human Development offers programs that provide parenting support and education so that parents and caregivers can best give their children the care and nurturing they need to thrive.


    • Arizona Child & Adolescent Survivor Initiative: Children who have experienced the loss of a parent due to homicide in a domestic violence situation, and their caregivers, benefit from trauma counseling as part of a larger support system of services. Southwest Human Development has partnered with the Family Violence Institute at Northern Arizona University to offer trauma-informed individual and family counseling to eligible children and families.


    • Common Sense Parenting: An evidence-based group parenting program for parents of children ages birth to 18 that emphasizes positive parent-child interactions and positive reinforcement.


    • Direct Support Services: A program for families with a child (ages birth to 18) who has a behavioral health diagnosis. Provided in the family’s home, at school or at another community location, services include family support, parenting skills training, behavior coaching and social skills training.


    • Foster Care and Adoption Studies: Assists families seeking to provide homes for children who have been removed from their parents due to abuse or neglect. Services include training, foster care licensing, adoption certification, and placement supervision and support. Private adoption home studies are also available.


    • Healthy Families: An evidence-based home visitation program that supports pregnant women and families with newborns to promote child health and development, enhance parent-child relationships, improve school readiness and increase family self-sufficiency.


    • New Beginnings Program: A nationally-recognized parenting program for separating and divorcing parents in which research demonstrates that parental participation in the program results in improved children’s long-term adjustment following divorce.


    • Parent Partners Plus: This program helps families connect with free home visitation programs for expecting parents or families with a child age 0-5 living within Maricopa County.


    • Supervised Parenting Time: There are many situations in family law cases or other cases affecting the parent-child relationship when the need arises for a professional to supervise contact between parents (or others) and their children. This service provides court-ordered, supervised parent-child visitation including constructive feedback, and/or assists in the reintroduction of a parent into a child’s life.


Child Welfare Programs

Southwest Human Development provides many services designed to give children and their parents/caregivers who are involved with the Department of Child Safety (or out-of-state child welfare organizations) the counseling and support that is critical to the children’s well-being. Emphasis is placed on increasing the family’s protective factors to improve their ability to provide for the safety and well-being of their children.


    • Building Resilient Families: A program for parents who have been investigated for alleged abuse and/or neglect complaints, Building Resilient Families provides education and support services to help prevent future interactions with the Department of Child Safety. This program assists parents in improving their relationships with their children and establishing a path to economic well-being and independence.


    • CARING: This program assists the Department of Child Safety with its backlog of investigations, on-going case management and Targeted Permanency Staffings.


    • Family Preservation: Short-term support and counseling to families to resolve concerns related to child abuse and/or neglect and safely maintain the children in their homes.



    • Family Reunification and Stabilization: The program offers short-term, intensive family support and counseling for families to successfully reunite with their children after an out-of-home placement. The program also serves foster or kinship families who need assistance to maintain the placement of children in their homes.


    • Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children: This program provides home studies, adoption certifications and placement supervision and support to assist Arizona families seeking to provide homes for their out-of-state relatives’ children who have been removed from their parents due to abuse and/or neglect.


    • Kinship Assessments and Annual Guardianship Reports: This program provides home studies for relatives or significant others seeking to provide homes for children in the custody of the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS). The program also provides DCS and the juvenile court with the legally-required reports about children’s well-being and adjustment with families who were appointed as their guardians, following a period of one year in their care.

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