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Policy Resources

This is a list of all the agencies and organizations we partner with in our advocacy efforts.

Fostering Advocates Arizona

The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities works nationally, in states, and locally to improve policies and practices, promote youth engagement, apply evaluation and research, and create community partnerships. Our work creates opportunities for young people to achieve positive outcomes in permanence, education, employment, housing, health, financial capability, and social capital.

Nina Scholars funded through the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, the Nina Scholars program is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for individuals who would not normally receive traditional academic scholarships, and whose personal commitments and financial circumstances would preclude their attendance without substantial, long-term scholarship support.

FindYouthInfo.gov is the U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.

Reference Guide to Arizona Scholarships, Grants & Financial Aid Information is a place where you can find: Popular Foster Youth Grants & Scholarships, information on Arizona Scholarship Aid, Arizona College Specific Scholarships, National Scholarship Sites For Foster Youth, Minority Scholarship Sites, Scholarships of Interest, Regional College Planning Centers and Scholarship Search Websites.

Budget & Taxes 

Children’s Budget – Childrensbudget.org is a website provided by First Focus, and provides a searchable database of funding for children in the federal budget.

spp web w taglineState Priorities Partnership – The fight for a just and equitable America is under way in the states, and the State Priorities Partnership – a network of more than 40 independent, nonprofit research and policy organizations – is leading the way.

Every day, state governments raise and spend tax revenue in ways that profoundly affect families and communities. Choices states make about investing in schools, health care, child care, and other services can either help create opportunity and prosperity for people or hold them back.

Reducing inequality and fighting poverty by making sure states have the resources they need through an accountable budget process is what the State Priorities Partnership is all about.

State Priorities partners use evidence and analysis to advance policies that give more people the opportunity to prosper. They do this by equipping lawmakers, journalists, advocacy organizations, nonprofit service providers, and the public with unassailable information that helps children get a quality education, families get medical care, and working people get the assistance they need to build a better life.

The State Priorities Partnership, launched over two decades ago as the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI), works to improve state policy in a variety of areas:

  • Taxes
  • Budgets
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Economic Development
  • Workforce & Wages
  • Immigration
  • Racial & Gender Equity
  • Children & Families
  • Civic Engagement
  • Government Accountability
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Protection

The State Priorities Partnership is coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities specializes in research and analysis oriented toward policy decisions at the state and federal levels that affect low- and moderate-income families, including fiscal policies, welfare issues, health policy, earned income tax credits, food assistance and the federal budget.

The Economic Policy Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy.

Child Abuse & Neglect

The State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) Child welfare advocates are uniquely positioned to influence debates that directly impact the safety and well-being of America’s children. First Focus is proud to coordinate SPARC, a project designed to help state child welfare advocates make an even bigger impact, and supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused entirely on foster care and improving the child welfare system. Founded in 1966, we work to provide and improve – and ultimately prevent the need for – foster care in the United States. As champions for change, we are committed to our 2020 Strategy for America’s Children – a goal to safely reduce the number of children in foster care and improve the lives of those who remain in care.

Prevent Child Abuse America Since 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) has led the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. Working with our chapters, we provide leadership to promote and implement prevention efforts at both the national and local levels. With the help of our state chapters (Arizona’s chapter) and concerned individuals like you we’re valuing children, strengthening families and engaging communities nationwide.

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development.

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago has, since its inception in 1985 as a research and policy center, focused on a mission of improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) the state agency that oversees Child Protective Services

DES Foster Care and Adoption the very best place for a child to be is in a family.  Unfortunately, there are many children who are cannot safely live with their parents.  When relatives and kin are unable to provide a temporary home for these children, foster parents become the temporary family for them!  Sometimes children will never be able to return home and live safely with their parent. Adoptive parents become the permanent family for many of these children.

Arizona Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program CASAs are trained volunteers who donate their time to help the court system determine what is best for children who have come under the court’s care.

The Arizona Supreme Court – provides links to information on a wide range of issues, including the Arizona Foster Care Review Board and Court-Appointed Special Advocates.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families compiles data on welfare and child support, domestic violence, adoption, foster care, family support and family preservation, child abuse and neglect.

Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. We feature the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.  Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

FindYouthInfo.gov is the U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.

The North American Council on Adoptable Children focuses on barriers to same-race placements, alternatives to institutional care and adoption.

Arizona Citizen Review Panel Program assesses the Child Protective Services system and makes recommendations for continuous improvement that will help ensure the safety and well being of Arizona children and families.

Arizona Sexual Assault Network facilitates a collaborative statewide network for disciplines and communities who work to identify and address sexual violence issues in our state.

Early Care & Education

The Arizona Child Care Resource and Referral is a community service which matches parents seeking child care with child care resources. CCR&R also provides training and technical assistance to child care providers.

Birth to Five Helpline The Birth to Five Helpline 1-877-705-KIDS is Arizona’s only toll-free helpline for parents, caregivers and professionals to call for questions about children ages birth to five years old.  The Helpline is answered by professional early childhood development specialists.  In addition, callers are able to access support as needed from Southwest Human Development’s wide range of early childhood staff including psychologists, registered nurses, early literacy specialists, and occupational, speech/language and physical therapists.

First Things First was created by Arizona voters in a 2006 landslide vote. As a result of this initiative, 80 cents on every pack of cigarettes sold is set aside to expand early learning and health programs for children from birth through age five. The creation of First Things First demonstrates that Arizonans value early childhood as the foundation of a child’s learning and that they understand that investment in the early years results in children who are more successful in school and in life.

Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation: Public Investment in High-Quality Prekindergarten This publication by Robert G. Lynch of the Economic Policy Institute shows that investment in early learning pays off for state governments, and that states will earn money back on the investment.

Zero to Three The nation’s leading resource on the first three years of life, its aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers.

KIDS COUNT Right Start This online report tracks U.S. birth information across states and the nation’s 50 largest cities.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.

Pre-K Now offers information about the importance of Pre-K programs for all children.

Foundation for Child Development (FCD) is a national, private philanthropy dedicated to the principle that all families should have the social and material resources to raise their children to be healthy, educated and productive members of their communities.


Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors are a support network for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. As grandparents and relatives we seek to keep our families together, in doing so we hope to assure that the children we are raising enjoy a healthy, basic quality of life.

Arizona Kinship Support Services seeks to improve services for children being raised by kinship care providers by assisting caregivers in meeting their family’s needs, promoting public/private partnerships to meet those needs and increase safety, permanency and well being of the children in kinship care. 


Kids Health Link if you need help finding health care in Maricopa or Pinal Counties, click here

Arizona Adolescent Health Coalition is a non-profit coalition that promotes optimal health and quality of life for all Arizona adolescents through emphasis on prevention, risk reduction, and early intervention activities.

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System AHCCCS provides general eligibility and application information on a wide range of public health insurance programs, including AHCCCS for adults and children and KidsCare. The site also includes applications which may be downloaded.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provide statistics on children’s health insurance, the number of uninsured and general children’s health information.

Comprehensive Health Surveillance System of the Arizona Department of Education tracks youth risk behavior.

Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

First Focus provides news, reports, trainings, factsheets, and webinars on health care coverage, mental health, health disparities, and other health issues with a special emphasis on low-income children and families.

FindYouthInfo.gov is the U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Parent Action Committee All across Arizona we meet people who have a vital interest in the future of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Moms and dads. Former patients. Non-profit organizations that serve families of kids with special needs. Grandparents. And others who care about our community. You’ve asked us how you can help Phoenix Children’s stand up for better and more comprehensive pediatric healthcare.

Juvenile Justice

The Juvenile Justice Services Division of the Arizona Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts, is responsible for the effective administration of juvenile justice programs for delinquent and incorrigible youth in coordination with the juvenile courts.  Activities are consistent with constitutional, statutory, and administrative requirements which focus on treatment and rehabilitation as well as protection of the community and youth.  Programs include delinquency prevention, treatment, probation, statewide automation and other related activities.

The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) is responsible for juveniles adjudicated delinquent and committed to its jurisdiction by the county juvenile courts.

FindYouthInfo.gov is the U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation The Casey Foundation’s juvenile justice reform agenda is designed to improve the odds that delinquent youth can make successful transitions to adulthood, primarily by reforming juvenile justice system so that they lock up fewer youth, rely more on proven, family-focused interventions, and create opportunities for positive youth development. 

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is a national coalition and clearinghouse that coordinates, develops and supports efforts to implement just alternatives to the extreme sentencing of America’s youth with a focus on abolishing life without parole sentences for all youth.

Models for Change supports a network of government and court officials, legal advocates, educators, community leaders, and families working together to ensure that kids who make mistakes are held accountable and treated fairly throughout the juvenile justice process. We provide research-based tools and techniques to make juvenile justice more fair, effective, rational and developmentally-appropriate. 

Coalition for Juvenile Justice serves as a premier national resource on delinquency prevention and juvenile justice issues.

National Center for Juvenile Justice is a resource for independent and original research on topics related directly and indirectly to the field of juvenile justice.

National Juvenile Justice Network Helping state advocates attain fair and appropriate treatment for all youth in the justice system.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges  is one of the largest and oldest judicial membership organizations in the nation, the NCJFCJ serves an estimated 30,000 professionals in the juvenile and family justice system including judges, referees, commissioners, court masters and administrators, social and mental health workers, police, and probation officers.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families.

Campaign for Youth Justice Dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

National Mental Health Association’s page on juvenile justice

Juvenile Info Network is comprised of state juvenile corrections departments.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is an organization of more than 2,500 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, other law enforcement leaders, and violence survivors dedicated to preventing crime and violence.


Children’s Action Alliance is part of a national initiative, KIDS COUNT, to collect data and publish statistical reports on the condition of children. Key indicators of child well-being measure the health, social, educational and economic status of the state’s children and compare them to those of the nation.

Warehouse of indicators across multiple areas of child and family well-being
One-stop shop for national, state, county, and city-level data
Data by age, sex, race, ethnicity, and immigrant status