Our Wholistic Approach
FCI is dedicated to seeing families preserved. Our programs are designed to prevent children from being displaced from their biological, foster, or adoptive homes. We exist to see families flourish.
We recruit and train individuals, churches and non-profits to engage in Arizona's child welfare crisis. We partner with AZ127 to see local churches call their people to foster and adopt. We work with local churches around the valley to recruit and train support systems to wraparound biological parents whose children are at risk or in the foster care system.
FCI has staff and volunteers ready and equipped to provide coaching, training, and community for birth parents, foster parents, adoptive families overcoming the impacts of trauma in their life.
- biblically rooted trauma training for foster/adoptive families
- parenting classes for biological families whose children are in the foster care system
- provide mentors for foster/adoptive families who are struggling
- provide parent partners for biological parents working toward reunification
- provide case management and advocacy for biological families whose children are in the foster care system
Arizona needs a wholistic solution to our state's child welfare crisis. This includes: prevention, advocacy, improving the foster care system, and caring for aging out foster youth. One organization cannot do all that is needed to solve our child welfare crisis, but together we can see vulnerable children and youth in Arizona thrive. We consult and partner with non-profits, churches, and businesses to help them decide and implement what part of the solution they are best equipped to meet.
What We've Achieved
- Developed training materials for AZ127 to prepare families in their local churches to foster and adopt
- Developed a 12 week parenting curriculum for vulnerable families whose children are at risk or in the foster care system
- Implemented year-round parenting classes in Phoenix, Coolidge, and Apache Junction to support biological families seeking to reunite with their children
- Created and implemented programs to serve biological families at-risk or currently involved with the Department of Child Safety
- Taught over 40 parenting class to underserved families YTD
- Worked with over 26 biological families to move toward reunification
- Equipped over 60 foster families with trauma informed parenting tools YTD
- Consulted with 13 churches and non-profits YTD to engage well
- Consulted with Christ Church of the Valley’s to design and implement their Helping AZ Families initiative
- Consulted with Church for the Nations to help them design and implement the Edge
- Mentoring program for aging out foster youth
- Consulted with Neighborhood Ministries to implement Refugio Phoenix
- Short term foster care program to care for unaccompanied minors coming across the border
Our Strategic Partners
Foster Care Initiatives works with many churches and non-profit organizations in various capacities, but the ones we are currently spending most of our time working with include: