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Fostering Advocates Arizona

Fostering Advocates Arizona Unveils 2016 Priorities

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As young adults who have experienced foster care first hand, it troubles us deeply to see the increasing number of kids coming into and aging out of foster care in Arizona each year. Having lived through the obstacles that brought us into care, managing life while in care, and surviving life after care, we understand the hurdles and struggles current and former foster youth face each day and it is the driving force behind our advocacy efforts. Read more

New AZ Website for Young People In and From Foster Care

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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

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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

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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

2015 Policy Priorities for the Arizona Governor, State Legislature and State Agencies

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Children's Action Alliance invites you to join us as we stand up for policies and practices that create a brighter future for our children and a vibrant economy for Arizona.

Introducing: Fostering Advocates Arizona!

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

Help for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

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For young adults who have experienced foster care, access to affordable health care is critical to their future success. Starting January 1, 2014, young adults who aged out of foster care in Arizona at age 18 and are under age 26, may qualify for a special health insurance program called Young Adult Transitional Insurance (YATI).

Arizona Youth Partnership Board

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The Arizona Youth Partnership Board is part of the Arizona Youth Opportunities Initiative (AYOI); a project of Children’s Action Alliance, and focuses on improving outcomes for young adults transitioning out of foster care.  The Board works in partnership with the Initiative to ensure young adults have a say in shaping policies, programs, and services for a successful transition to adulthood.   Read more

Arizona Youth Opportunity Initiative – Implementation Plan

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In partnership with more than 30 community organizations and individuals, the Arizona Youth Opportunities Initiative developed a comprehensive plan to improve outcomes for young adults transitioning out of foster care. Using key data from our state-wide environmental scan, the plan outlines core strategies to provide opportunities and resources that assist young people in making successful transitions to adulthood. Read more

What is the Arizona Youth Opportunities Initiative?

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Thousands of children growing up in Arizona have family connections that are troubled and shaky. Today there are more than 15,000 abused and neglected children living in temporary foster care. For those who grow up and “graduate” from foster care when they turn 18, young adulthood can be extremely challenging and even dangerous without a permanent family to lean on.