BOOST A FOSTER FAMILY INC

Removing the Financial Hurdles of Foster Care

Gilbert, AZ   |  https://boostafosterfamily.org

Mission

To provide assistance for Arizona kinship foster families and those seeking foster care licensure.

Ruling year info

2016

President/CEO

Michelle Noe

Boost a Foster Family Program Manager

Jenny Cook

Main address

1402 E Catamaran Dr

Gilbert, AZ 85234 USA

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EIN

81-3403400

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2019, 13,360 children were in foster care in Arizona. 45% of those foster children were placed with relatives. Parenting children who have been abused and neglected presents considerable challenges. Grandparents, relatives or a caring person with an attachment to the child often step up, out of love and make the commitment. Kinship placements are a priority over other placements as a familiar environment can reduce trauma and anxiety for the children. However, for the kin family who unexpectedly is thrown into the parenting role, significant stressors arise. The financial toll alone can be overwhelming for a family, many of whom are on fixed incomes. Families often must scramble simply to make the home environment safe, taxing a budget that is already stressed from the costs of meeting the children's daily needs. Kin families can become foster care licensed to garner additional supports but safety requirements can be costly and may become a barrier for low-income families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kinship Care Licensing Assistance

Providing assistance to low income kinship caregivers who are applying to become licensed foster parents in the state of Arizona.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Kinship Care Licensing Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The service recipients are family units.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The primary goals of Boost a Foster Family are two-fold. First, Boost a Foster Family seeks to help provide a safe environment for vulnerable children placed in low-income kinship foster homes by providing safety items and services. Secondly, Boost a Foster Family hopes to remove some of the financial barriers kinship foster families experience when trying to qualify for foster care licensure.

Boost a Foster Family receives referrals from the Arizona Department of Child Safety and Arizona foster care licensing agencies of low-income kinship families needing safety items and services. Once a referral is accepted, Boost a Foster Family representatives will supply the items or coordinate the services swiftly to ensure that the home meets safety standards (as defined by the Arizona Office of Licensing and Regulation). Boost a Foster Family works with a number of business and community partners to assist in the provision of items and services.

Boost a Foster Family has a core network of volunteers who devote time and resources to the organization. In addition, Boost a Foster Family contracts with one social worker to coordinate the provision of services and outreach to the community.

Furthermore, Boost a Foster Family networks with AZ Dept. of Child Safety, Arizona foster care licensing agencies, kinship coalitions and other foster care charities. These networks connect Boost a Foster Family to the kinship community and assists with a seamless provision of services thus reducing duplication of those services. Boost a Foster Family also partners with a number of local businesses, churches and civic groups that assist with in-kind donations, services and specialized needs.

Boost a Foster Family is an Arizona Qualified Foster Care Organization. Thus, donations made by Arizona donors may qualify for a tax credit. This designation allows Boost a Foster Family to seek donations from private individuals, which provides the majority of funding for Boost a Foster Family. Boost a Foster Family is committed to keeping administrative costs to a minimum. Administrative costs are underwritten by a small group of founding donors so that all donations collected in the community go toward servicing low income kinship families.

Since incorporating in June of 2016, Boost a Foster Family has seen incredible growth. In 2017, Boost’s first full year of service, Boost served 207 families with 368 children. Last year (2021), Boost served 1103 families with 2886 children. Since incorporating in 2016, Boost a Foster Family has served over 3,500 families with over 10,350 children (over 6,600 of those children were foster children in Arizona).

Boost a Foster Family has become a well-known charity in the foster care community having participated in the Arizona KIDS Consortium, as a Arizona Qualified Foster Care Organization, through numerous community news articles, participation in the Kinship Coalition, maintaining close relationships with other foster care agencies, and serving as a liaison to the Department of Child Safety and the Office of Licensing and Regulation.

Over the last two years, Boost a Foster Family has seen an increase of referrals from the Department of Child Safety, calling on Boost a Foster Family to get involved earlier in the process, often at the point of placement. This allows families to have the items/services needed for a safe environment at the earliest possible point.

The pandemic of 2020 has brought additional concerns about the stability of foster care placements. Families already managing the stressors of the foster care system, having to also manage the stressors of the pandemic. As a result, April through June of 2020, Boost a Foster Family joined with 14 other foster care nonprofits in a consortium called One For All (https://one4allaz.com/) to address the needs of foster families. Together All For One provided 2422 resources to 415 families helping 916 foster children. This involvement lead to a grant and designation from the Governor's Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund. One4All reunited in the fall of 2021 to address the lack of foster homes in Arizona by providing services for families taking on additional placements. Boost a Foster Family was proud to be part of this statewide initiative as well.

How we listen

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Financials

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BOOST A FOSTER FAMILY INC

Board of directors
as of 04/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michelle Noe

Jenny Cook

Donna Olsen

Alice Burba

Jon Olsen

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/6/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability