Concerned members of Arizona’s Foster Care Review Boards, who realized that the State foster system was simply not able to do enough to help rebuild the lives of children placed in foster care, founded Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF) in 1983. The State provides children in foster care with the necessities of life, such as food, clothing, and basic medical care. Foster families, kinship caregivers, and youth in foster care are responsible for providing anything beyond the essentials. As much as they would like to, many caregivers simply cannot afford to do more. The more than 11,000 children currently in foster care in Arizona depend on AFFCF to provide them with something extra to help raise their self-esteem and bring them closer to experiencing a normal childhood.
Our mission is to promote the self-esteem and enrich the lives of Arizona’s children in foster care by funding activities, education and other needs that provide them with quality experiences while they live through very difficult circumstances. Our first grant was made in December 1984, and provided music lessons for a little boy. Since that time we have granted over 3 million dollars to 15,000 foster children for bicycles, music lessons, dance lessons, cheerleading equipment, karate, summer camp, tutoring, scholarships, and an almost endless list of simple, yet gratifying, childhood needs. Moving forward, our goal is to touch the lives of every child in the foster care system residing in the State of Arizona.