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Frank from Fostering Advocates AZ is Going to the UK to Study!

We are pleased to share that Frank Smith, a member of the Fostering Advocates Arizona (FAAZ) Young Adult Leadership Board, has just been awarded the Marshall Scholarship, a prestigious post-graduate scholarship. The award was granted to only 43 students this year, and is focused on leadership and strengthening the relationship between the USA and the United Kingdom. Read more

Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care Should Get Health Coverage Through Medicaid

For young people who have experienced foster care, access to affordable health insurance is critical to their everyday success. While Federal Law has expanded health coverage to alumni who were in foster care at age 18, there are significant roadblocks to enrolling in and maintaining coverage. Our policy brief, Health Insurance for Youth Formerly in Foster Care – Focus on Medicaid Coverage in Arizona, examines the barriers many youth in foster care face and recommendations to ensure eligible young people can get the health insurance coverage they need to thrive in adulthood. Read more

Some Good News about Foster Youth

Fostering Advocates Arizona (FAAZ) is a CAA initiative focused on improving the outcomes of young adults who have experienced foster care. FAAZ is guided by young adults who have experienced foster care, with the goal of ensuring that young adults have the information, resources and support they need to transition to a new life. Only a few years old, and FAAZ is already engaging ambitious and successful young adults.

The 2015 Legislative Session is Over

The legislators have left the Capitol but the rest of us around the state have to deal with the damage. And there is a lot of damage. In the name of fiscal responsibility, Governor Ducey and the majority of legislators voted for a budget with austere and damaging cuts to children, families, and education. Then, those same lawmakers voted YES on new special interest tax cuts that clearly and deliberately move the budget further away from structural balance.

New AZ Website for Young People In and From Foster Care

Aging Out Of Foster Care? – Fostering Advocates Arizona is here to help! Leaving foster care can feel pretty overwhelming so we’re here to assist with a new website and resource hub. Fostering Advocates Arizona (FAAZ) is a CAA initiative focused on improving outcomes for young adults transitioning out of foster care. Read more

A Bad Budget for Arizona

In the early hours of Saturday, March 7, the Arizona legislature passed the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015. While the budget balances revenues and expenditures for one year, it lacks a greater vision for Arizona's children and families and future.

Good News for Kids

We’re happy to report that there are some good bills for kids under consideration at the legislature. The following three bills have been introduced and one of them has already been passed by its assigned committee. HB 2022 – Tuition Waivers for Youth from Foster Care Frank Smith and Rep. Brophy McGee testified in support of HBThe bill, sponsored by Rep. Read more

Introducing: Fostering Advocates Arizona!

The name has changed, but the goals remain the same. Welcome Fostering Advocates Arizona (formerly the Arizona Youth Opportunities Initiative).

Become an AmeriCorps Vista Member

The Arizona Youth Opportunities Initiative (AYOI) is working to improve outcomes for young adults transitioning out of foster care. In order to grow our efforts, Children's Action Alliance is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA to help roll out the Opportunity Passport™ program, work with the Young Adult Leadership Board, and implement Initiative strategies.