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 take place one-on-one with one of Southwest Human Development’s family support specialists. The family support specialist will provide an overview of the foster care and adoption process and answer any questions you may have. Contact Sabrina Shabal at (602) 633-8482 or to schedule 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.


Pre-Service Training (Formerly PS-MAPP)
To register for a pre-service training class, please contact Sabrina Shabal at (602) 633-8482 or There is a $30 fee to participate in the CPR/First Aid training.


Caring for a Medically-Complex Child
Licensed foster parents who are interested in caring for children with complex medical needs can participate in an 18-hour training titled Caring for the Medically Complex Child (CMCC). This training will provide foster parents with a basic understanding of what qualifies a child as Medically Complex eligible and an overview of the care conditions and supports to adequately meet the needs of the child and to support the caregiver in their role. To register for a CMCC training class, please contact Sabrina Shabal at (602) 633-8482 or


For more information about Foster Care and Adoption, please contact Sabrina Shabal at (602) 633-8482 or

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