Arizonans for Children Inc., incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, exists to facilitate opportunities and provide effective solutions to alleviate hardships and improve the fragile lives of the abused, abandoned, and neglected children in foster care.
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National Stop Bullying Day
Children in foster care are often bullied. Every time they change a placement, every time they start a new school, every new environment they become can be targets of bullying.
Arizonans for Children Mentors become the one person in a child in foster care can depend on to not bully them. They are the person that takes this child out of the foster placement offering respite, compassion and caring. These Mentors stick with the child from placement to placement.
Parents working towards reunification are often shamed and harassed....bullied. The Arizonans for Children Visitation Centers are judgement free spaces that allow the parents, children and siblings bond without shame and or embarrassment.
Today is National Stop Bullying Day - Today and everyday at Arizonans for Children we demonstrate this with zero gossip tolerance policies, no threats or reprimands. We offer a safe judgement free atmosphere every single day for everyone that walks in our doors.
All of us at Arizonans for Children were absolutely devastated to learn of the death of "The Cutest Monkey EVER!"
The Parent Aid that supervised visits between this baby and his mother and siblings came to me asking if we could hang his picture at our center. We have it up and will keep it there forever as he is forever in our hearts.
We hear news stories of kids being abused and neglected, we see those children. I cannot imagine having the job or the decisions that go along with it. Arizonans for Children cannot control what happens before and after time at our Visitation Centers but what we can do is ensure the time the families spend with us is as wonderful as possible.
In the words of this Parent Aid "his time spent at the center were happier times in his short life."
We are going to have our Arizonans for Children Costume Closet in honor of this life lost far too soon. The centers will be filled with pirates and princesses, skunks and skeletons, Batman a…
One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing the Mentor visit posts and updates. I so enjoy reading over Mentor logs and hearing about the changes in the kids lives. Sometimes they are very uplifting and sometimes I'll need to offer some guidance but either way having a consistent person in the child's life changes them. It gives the kids a restored hope, they start to believe in something. If you have joined the Arizonans for Children Facebook Group than you have seen Mentor Kathy and her Master Mentee. Kathy was matched with her mentee in May 2017 and their relationship continues to grow right along with her mentees confidence and exuberance for life. This past weekend Kathy took her Master Mentee to the i.d.e.a. museum in Mesa. Arizona is full of wonderful museums and activities that a Mentor can explore with their mentee!
In Kathy's words: "A morning at the museum with Master Mentee! This week he turned 7 years old! Happy Birthday Master Mentee, Happy Birthday t…
Commitment, Caring, Compassion and Consistency
The Arizonans for Children Director of Supervised Visits Andrea Chavez became a Mentor 2 years ago. For 2 years she has been the only constant in her mentees life. Visits are harder to coordinate now that the child has changed placements again but Andrea's commitment hasn't ever wavered.
In Andrea's words: "One of my interns asked me this past week for a quote of what drew me to become a Mentor to a kiddo in foster care for his class presentation."I had to put aside my fear of the 1 year commitment required of the Tutor/Mentor Program and know that my impact would be greater."I met my Mentee 2 years ago today, her birthday. Today, she turned 14 years old.
On my way to drop her off at her foster home today, she told me she'll probably "age out" living at the foster home. Happy birthday little lady, my hope is you'll be a stronger person because of this experience. 💔
The drive home was a blu…