The warmth of the holiday season conjures thoughts of family and togetherness. For foster children, there was a need to provide this security and create memories with adults they could trust.
Arizonans for Children began by offering families with children in foster care an inviting place to have visits. Shortly after, they established a mentor program that matches volunteers with foster children to provide them with a role model and friend.
“Mentors build a bond with foster children by helping them with homework, playing sports and more,” says Outreach Coordinator Monique Quinones.
Arizonans for Children mentors commit to a minimum one-year relationship with a foster child in Maricopa County. By donating time, mentors can help shape a child’s feelings of trust, acceptance and most importantly, hope.
“These mentors become the one consistent person in the child’s life, introducing them to basic life lessons that will greatly aid them.”
Arizonans for Children also has visitation centers that offer fun, educational, supervised environments for children in foster care to spend time with their families as they work toward reunification. This allows the family to heal and bond. They also host several major events each year for kids in foster care.
“We have an annual holiday party in December, a Train Park Picnic in January, a Foster Festival/Resource Fair in February and many more throughout the year,” Monique says.
Arizonans for Children also offers continuing support for those age 18-plus. Life Skills classes, activities and workshops help these aged-out kids be more prepared for life outside the system.
“These children are the future of our community; together we can make sure they go from a statistic to a success.”
“With everything Arizonans for Children does for kids in foster care, we could not do it without volunteers. People want to help; they just need to know how. One fantastic way we impact the community is by offering a variety of volunteer and service opportunities.” -Outreach Coordinator Monique Quinones