Foster Care and Adoption

We’re in this together


With approximately 11,000 children in the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS), we are looking for prospective foster and adoptive parents who can meet the needs of children who have experienced abuse or neglect.


Whether you are already providing care to a child as a kinship foster parent, or you have thought about helping a child in the foster care system who is unknown to you, Southwest Human Development’s Foster Care and Adoption program staff can assist you!


Before taking the first step, make sure you meet the basic requirements

Are you:

    • 21 years of age or older
    • A legal resident of the United States
    • Able to obtain a valid Arizona driver’s license (if you intend to transport a child)
    • Able to pass a criminal history records check
    • Able to pass a DCS records check
    • Able to participate in pre-service training
    • Able to embrace the concept of “shared parenting”


If you answered “Yes” to each of the above, you are eligible to apply!


Click here to learn more about the steps to becoming a foster parent.


Our intake specialist will provide you with an overview of the foster care and adoption process, and will answer any questions you may have. For more information, please contact Chawndra Locket at (602) 633-8193 or to begin working with us today!


You can also call the Arizona Department of Child Safety at 1-877-KIDS-NEED-U (1-877-543-7633).

Training and Support

Southwest Human Development is proud to offer training to prospective and current foster and adoptive parents throughout Maricopa County at no cost to participants.


Foster Parent College and CPR/First Aid
To register for a training class, please contact Chawndra Locket at (602) 633-8193 or There is a $30 fee to participate in the CPR/First Aid training when offered.

Our Foster Parent College training is held in-person at Southwest Human Development, 2850 N. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008. The below dates are canceled. Please check back for revised dates.

  • Meeting 1: Saturday, October 8, 2022
  • Meeting 2: Saturday, October 15, 2022
  • Meeting 3: Saturday, October 22, 2022
  • Meeting 4: Saturday, October 29, 2022
  • Meeting 5: Saturday, November 5, 2022
  • Meetings will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Doors open at 8:50 a.m.

Foster Parent Support Group
We are excited to offer a monthly support group open to all foster parents/caregivers! Join us virtually on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information or to join, please email Julie Otero at


Trauma-Informed Care: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Children
Foster parents are encouraged to participate in this advanced training opportunity offered by Molly Strothkamp, LMSW, IMH-E(III), a child therapist at Southwest Human Development’s Good Fit Counseling Center. Click here to register online


Interested in working with us?

If you would like our intake specialist to contact you, please complete the online form below:

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