Arizona's Children Association

Protecting Children, Empowering Youth, Strengthening Families

Phoenix , AZ   |  www.arizonaschildren.org

Mission

The mission of Arizona’s Children Association is to protect children, empower youth and strengthen families.

Ruling year info

1945

President & CEO

Mr. Jacob Schmitt

Main address

3636 N. CENTRAL AVENUE, SUITE 200

Phoenix , AZ 85012 USA

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Formerly known as

Arizona Children's Home Association

EIN

86-0096772

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Arizona's Children Association (AzCA) is the best resource for helping children and families in the state. Our programs target the type of future we all want to see: a future where every child has a safe and loving home and families are supported through difficult and trying circumstances. Founded in 1912, we are one of the oldest and largest statewide comprehensive child welfare and behavioral health, not-for-profit agencies in Arizona. It is our credibility and commitment to providing a specifically tailored continuum of services to children and families in need that has allowed us to remain strong and stable for more than 108 years. Our professionally trained, caring and dedicated staff provide a broad spectrum of services that help create and sustain a healthy family environment. We believe that every child deserves a permanent home that is safe and nurturing and we strive toward that goal.

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?

Foster Care & Adoption

We train and support foster care families who open their hearts and homes to vulnerable children while their biological families are on the mend. We also collaborate with adoption placing agencies to provide a variety of adoption related services for those seeking to adopt internationally, privately and from the foster care system.

Population(s) Served
Foster and adoptive children
Foster and adoptive parents

Our strength-based services assist individuals and families in heightening social-emotional well-being and guiding those that have been impacted by trauma and abuse through the healing process. Our programs provide support and intervention for children and their families to address current needs and strengthen the family unit. Our Trauma Specialty Services, including the Las Familias program in Tucson, provides services and supports to victims of sexual abuse who were victimized as children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents
Caregivers

Families who are raising their relative’s children are given the necessary support and assistance that will allow them to navigate the unique challenges that they may encounter while raising their relative children.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Children and youth
Foster and adoptive parents

We offer DCS-referred services to assist families in crisis, by applying intensive intervention strategies to promote safety, health and overall well-being in order to strengthen families and reduce trauma and out-of-home removals. Furthermore, when out-of-home removals cannot be avoided, these programs assist in working towards family reunification by developing realistic long term solutions. Our Parent Aide services include the arrangement and supervision of visitation between children in out-of-home placements and their parents, siblings or significant others. This program provides a range of instruction, assistance, and support services to parents to improve their skills and ability to fulfill parenting roles and responsibilities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers
Parents

Research indicates that the early years are crucial to laying the foundation for children’s life success. From classes for parents of newborns to workshops on early infant brain development, our programs help new and experienced parents and caregivers prepare their children for a successful future.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers
Parents

Our support services and mentor programs are designed to aid foster care youth in their transition into independence and assist them in gaining the skills for self-sufficiency. We also offer one-on-one support services to young mothers, fathers, and their children.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents
Transitioning children
Foster and adoptive children

We provide assessment and treatment planning using the NMT in partnership with the ChildTrauma Academy. Developed by Dr. Bruce Perry, the NMT is an evidence-based, "trauma-informed," and brain-based approach to clinical problem solving. It provides the structure to identify experiences that may have impacted a child's developing brian and allows us to identify key strengths and apply interventions in a way to best meet the needs of the child.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers
Parents

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2015

Affiliations & memberships

Council of Accreditation of Child and Family Services, Inc. 2015

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2017

Board Source 2014

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2005

United Way Member Agency 2000

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of mentors recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Family Education and Support Services

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of kinship caregivers who were provided with information, resources, referrals and support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Seniors, Caregivers

Related Program

Kinship Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of caregivers provided with guardianship clinics to assist with obtaining legal guardianship of the children in their care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Seniors, Caregivers

Related Program

Kinship Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children in foster care who have stable placements

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Related Program

Foster Care & Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of survivors of sexual assault provided with resources and support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Behavioral Health & Trauma/Crisis Response

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

At Arizona's Children Association, we want our state to be one in which every family has the resources and support needed to be safe, strong and resilient. We believe that every child deserves a protective, stable and loving home. We believe that every youth deserves the tools and support they need to reach their potential. We also believe that every family should have the opportunity to be healthy, strong and resilient. Our programs and services are specifically designed and targeted to meet the needs of our communities in these ways.

Our strategic plan outlines our 5 main focus areas that guide us towards our mission and vision: expanding and improving the community impact of our services, bringing out the best in our people, strengthening our community presence, pursuing innovation, and increasing our financial strength. Our semi-annual and annual outcomes reports and Board of Directors hold us firmly to these 5 initiatives.

We are in a unique position for being able to support families across the state. We have staff and sites around the state that allow us to reach children and families in communities large and small around the state - many of whom are reached via in-home services and support. We also have a large number of program and service offerings so we are uniquely able to address the many issues that might affect a single family, without having to refer them elsewhere. Our programs include: foster care and adoption, behavioral health, parenting education, kinship support services, family preservation and reunification, and support for youth aging out of foster care.

Our agency is more than 100 years old and there have been many accomplishments. However, we are a forward thinking agency and we challenge ourselves to continuously analyze and improve our performance and ability to meet community needs.

In order to continue to advance our success, there are a few things that we would like to accomplish and have not yet done so. They include improving our technology systems and software in order to provide more integrated care for clients between our many programs. We would also like to reduce staff turnover - while we stay around the average turnover for industry standards, we are challenging ourselves to do better in this area.

Recent accomplishments we have achieved would be the refinement of our programs and services in order to ensure adherence with our mission. Over the last few decades, we have picked up a number of additional programs and acquired formerly independent 501c3s into our programming - some of which were slightly off track of our mission. These last few years have led to de-merging some of these former agencies and connecting them with agencies that were more in-line with their types of service, allowing them to continue their services and even prosper further. By eliminating these mission-drift programs and focusing on our mission, we are able to implement our specific expertise in new and more dedicated ways to help support children and families that most need our help.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Arizona's Children Association

Board of directors
as of 11/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Patricia Krueger

Cynthia Landin

El Dorado Broadcasters

Thomas Wisz

OUTFRONT Media, Inc.

Harold Magalnick, MD

Pediatrix

Holley Stacy

Johnson Bank

Anthony Sizer

Raytheon

Ingrid Novodvorsky, PhD

University of Arizona

Anna Osborn

Avon Technologies

Jerry Smith

Retired

William Addison, Jr.

Retired

Mabel Crescioni-Benitez, PhD

Crescioni Consultants

Dolores Doran-Cerda, PhD

Pima Community College

Timothy Bowers

homemaker/Community Volunteer

Elizabeth Howell

Pima Community College

Ellen Howlett

Retired

Deborah Kramer

R&A CPAs

Juan Martinez, DO

Phoenix Children's Hospital

Kathleen McLaughlin

Retired

Juliet Peters,Esq

Framwork Legal, LLC

Annissa Reed

Ramon Vasquez

Allstate Insurance Company

Steven Zeidman

SVP, Software Solutions

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
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes