Foster Care and Adoption
Take the next step to making a difference in the lives of Arizona’s foster children
With nearly 16,000 children removed from their birth families and placed in the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, there is a tremendous need for foster and adoptive homes.
Southwest Human Development’s Foster Care and Adoption program assists families seeking to provide homes for children who have been removed from their parents due to abuse or neglect. Services include training, kinship home studies, foster care licensing, adoption certification, annual guardianship reports, and placement supervision and support.
Attend an Orientation
Orientations providing information regarding foster care and adoption occur at the Southwest Human Development office on the third Monday of every month (excluding holidays). Attendees have the opportunity to meet a member of the Foster Care and Adoption team and receive answers to their questions from our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Contact Sabrina Shabal at (602) 633-8482 or email@example.com to register for an orientation.
Individuals or couples who cannot attend an orientation at Southwest Human Development may attend one of the many orientations held throughout Maricopa County each month. To find one near you, please click here.
A foster parent must be:
- 21 years of age or older
- A legal resident of the United States and an Arizona resident
- Able to pass a criminal history records check
- Able to pass a DCS records check
- Willing to abide by Office of Licensing, DCS and Southwest Human Development rules and regulations
- Able to participate in pre-service training
- Able to ensure their home meets life-safety inspection requirements
- Able to embrace the concept of “shared parenting”
A foster parent can:
- Be single, married, divorced or widowed
- Rent or own their home
- Be a stay-at-home parent or a working parent
- Own pets that display non-aggressive or non-threatening behaviors
- Own firearms
- Have a pool that meets fencing requirements
Southwest Human Development is proud to offer training to prospective and current foster and adoptive parents throughout Maricopa County at no cost to participants.
Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAPP)
PS-MAPP is the required pre-service training for prospective parents who wish to be foster care licensed or certified to adopt children in the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety. The goal of the course is to prepare prospective foster/adoptive parents to work with children who have been abused and neglected and to help prospective families decide whether foster parenting is right for them. The training is divided into 10 three-hour sessions. The sessions are offered on a weekly basis for 10 weeks or on an expedited scheduled for six weeks. A minimum of 10 participants is required at each training.
PS-MAPP Training Schedule*
To register for a PS-MAPP class, please contact Sabrina Shabal at (602) 633-8482 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $30 fee to participate in the CPR/First Aid training.