Building Resilient Families

Improving the Safety and Well-Being of Children


Southwest Human Development believes that parents want what is best for their children and most parents improve their behaviors with education and support.


The Building Resilient Families program is an Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS)-contracted program for parents of children who have been involved with or investigated by DCS.


The program serves all of Maricopa County and services provided range from one-to-four months in length.


Program Goals

    • Assess the needs, concerns and stressors of the family to coordinate and/or provide services.


    • Coordinate with the family an individual service plan to identify services and supports.


    • Minimize safety risks, promote protective factors and prevent subsequent involvement with DCS.


    • Provide written monthly reports to DCS about how the identified needs are to be met.


Available Services

    • Assessment
      Needs assessment to identify the family’s basic needs, concerns and/or stressors and to develop with the family a service plan that will help them address these needs.


    • Family Support and Assistance
      Coordinates with the family, develops an individualized service plan and ensures the identified services and supports are put into place for the child and family.


    • Engaging Families in Community Services
      Providing support systems by making referrals of community resources for parents and assisting them in linking successfully with these resources. Staff use evidence based parenting curricula including the Nurturing Parenting Program, a program known to improve family protective factors. In addition, staff use one-on-one sessions to reflect upon the interactions that occurred during visits and discuss positive aspects of the visits as well as the areas for improvement.


For more information about Building Resilient Families, please contact Priscilla Avila at (602) 427-4686 or

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