INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF ARIZONA’S CHILDREN

by Daniel Leavitt, Development Director, Arizona’s Children Association

Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) serves more than 40,000 children, individuals and families in all 15 counties in the state each year. It provides a myriad of programs, each tailored to the needs of a particular child, individual or family.

Founded in 1912, AzCA is now one of the oldest and largest not-for-profit child welfare and behavioral health agencies in Arizona. All programs are family-focused, strength-based, culturally sensitive and outcome-driven. The organization’s professionally trained, caring and dedicated staff provides a continuum of services that help create and sustain a healthy family environment.

Services available in Yavapai County include:

  • Foster care and adoption — Recruits and trains foster and adoptive parents to provide safe, stable homes for kids in Arizona’s foster care system.
  • Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) & Home Assessment/Courtesy Supervision (HACS) — Provides assessment and support to children placed by courts across state and county lines.
  • Young adult services — Teaches life skills to current and former foster youth ages 16-21.
  • In-home/family preservation — Provides intervention and assistance to families in crisis.
  • Family education and support services — Provides free workshops/classes that offer information and support on child development and positive parenting for parents and caregivers.
  • Parents As Teachers — Provides a free home visitation program, which partners with families to prepare their children for success in school and life.
  • Free resources offered — Gives diapers, safety equipment and referral support to local families in need.

For more than 100 years, AzCA has stayed true to its mission of protecting children, empowering youth and strengthening families. The organization’s historical records relating to Prescott date all the way back to 1915 with the creation of the first Prescott auxiliary board. When you contribute to AzCA, you may not only benefit from a dollar-for-dollar tax credit, but you help support the children and families in our community.

Your donation to AzCA may qualify you for the Arizona Charitable Organization Tax Credit. Couples who file jointly can reduce their state taxes by donating up to $800 (up to $400 for individuals). This tax credit is separate from the school and foster care tax credits, so you may claim all three deductions.

Visit arizonaschildren.org/taxcredit to learn more, donate or read about tax credit frequently asked questions. The organization cannot provide tax advice, so please consult your tax adviser or visit the Arizona Department of Revenue online.