Become a Foster Parent

If you are interested in becoming a licensed foster parent, there are many community resources available in Tucson and Arizona to help you. Below are some local and state-wide resources that you can further investigate what it takes to become a licensed foster parent in Arizona. All of the resources mentioned below are free or low-cost.

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Foster & Adoptive Council of Tucson

The Foster and Adoptive Council of Tucson (FACT) is a collaboration of the 18 licensing agencies in Pima County that provide foster care and adoption services. FACT’s mission is to raise awareness, develop support, and promote advocacy for foster care and adoption among the Tucson community at large as well as key members of the community. The organization’s vision is to create a community where foster and adoptive homes are available for all children in need, as well as community with a full range of supports available to children and to the foster parents who care for them.

Arizona Department of Child Safety

The Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) offers a plentitude of information about becoming a foster parent. There is an online video to watch about becoming a licensed foster parent in Arizona, part of a series of five videos regarding foster care orientation. There is also a hotline you can call with all of your foster care licensing questions.

A Place To Call Home

A Place To Call Home is a Tucson agency that licenses and certifies families to provide permanent and temporary care for children in foster care as well as children and adults with developmental disabilities since 1998. More than just a licensing agency, A Place To Call Home prides itself on providing safe and loving homes for foster children and those with special needs. This agency is contracted with State of Arizona as well as various Native American communities to provide foster and adoptive homes to children in foster care, respite services, and training.

Arizona’s Children Association

Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) is the largest foster care provider in the state. This agency trains and supports foster care families who can open their hearts and homes to vulnerable children while their biological families are on the mend. They also collaborate with adoption placement agencies to provide a variety of adoption related services for those seeking to adopt internationally, privately, or from the foster care system.

Arizona Mentor

Arizona MENTOR has been providing quality of life-enhancing services to individuals and families in the Grand Canyon State since 1995. Throughout our history, we have continued to develop creative, cost-effective solutions to meet the needs of those we serve in community-based settings.   Our programs and supports empower adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities—as well as adults with mental health challenges—to learn, grow and thrive in the communities that they call home

Arms of Love

Arms of Love foster care is a program of Arizona Baptist Children’s Services (ABCS). ABCS has dedicated itself to meeting the needs of children and families since 1960. Arms of Love offers hope and help to children and families in need by providing a safe, loving and stable temporary living environment. ABCS seeks families who are willing to open their home to foster children of school age, siblings groups and teens.

Casa de los Ninos

Our deep-rooted community connection acts as a guiding force for Casa de los Niños’ vision to increase the number of children and families living safe and healthy lives. We deliver a continuum of services –evidence-based and best practice models meld together prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies to effectively address the needs of at-risk children and their families within our community.

Catholic Community Services

Providing help. Creating hope. Serving all. Since 1933 our mission has come to life every day at Catholic Community Services. We’ve worked to promote the safety, health, and well-being of children, youth, families, and seniors in Southern Arizona.

Christian Family Care

We see a future where every vulnerable child is loved and nurtured in a Christ-centered family. To make that vision a reality, Christian Family Care partners with families, churches, and caring neighbors like you to provide comprehensive adoption and foster care services, along with extensive counseling and support programs for children, families, and women struggling with unplanned pregnancies.

CPES (Community Provider of Enrichment Services)

CPES (Community Provider of Enrichment Services) has been part of the Tucson community since 1980. Our Foster Care Team has over 25 years total experience in training, licensing and supporting foster parents, giving us an edge as a knowledgeable agency regarding the many rules, regulations and roles involved in foster care.  The team at CPES loves working with families and building strengths as we add to our “Loving Hearts” tree of families.


Devereux’s Therapeutic Foster Care program serves children 5-17 years old who are exhibiting emotional and behavioral challenges that interfere with their daily functioning to the extent that they require out-of-home behavioral health placement to support their needs. Our clients will typically have had multiple unsuccessful out-of-home placements (e.g. traditional foster homes) or be transitioning out of a higher level of care (e.g. residential treatment).

Gap Ministries

GAP Ministries is an agency comprised of dedicated team members that would love to help guide you and your family, both physically and spiritually, through the journey of becoming a licensed foster and/or adoptive parent. The foster team consists of passionate, all inclusive individuals who are dedicated to their jobs within the foster care and adoptive community. There is nothing more rewarding than opening your home and family to a child in need and watching that child become whole again from the trauma they have experienced.

Grace Retreat

Grace Retreat Foster Care and Adoption Services was founded by a foster and adoptive parent who understands first-hand what foster families go through.  This personal experience allows us to provide the highest-quality support for our foster families.  

Intermountain Centers

A private, nonprofit and non-denominational agency founded in 1973, Intermountain is a pioneer in the provision of intensive behavioral health programs for children and adults in community-based settings. Agency staff members deliver a continuum of support services in individuals’ homes, in culturally sensitive home-like environments, in specialized school settings, and in the community. Additionally, the experienced foster care staff are available to answer questions, discuss your interests, and work with you in applying for and preparing to be a foster parent in Arizona.

La paloma Family Services

Since 1980, La Paloma Family Services has continually strived to provide the utmost quality to our foster families and the children they care for.   Our child-focused philosophy allows us to build on the strengths of our families and youth while supporting and advocating for them along their journey.  We welcome you to join the La Paloma Family!

Lutheran Social Services

Children and Family Services builds strong families to help children grow in safe and loving families through a comprehensive range of services.

Pathways of Arizona

Pathways of Arizona is a national provider of community and home-based care and one of the country’s first and largest providers of services for at-risk youth. Serving as one of the several children’s networks in Pima County, Pathways offers a full continuum of behavioral health services from outpatient to inpatient treatment. Every effort is made to provide services to clients in the least restrictive community-based setting available to achieve treatment goals.

RISE Services

RISE offers an array of services for people with developmental disabilities, families, and children. The Arizona Family Services foster care and adoption program focuses on licensing and supporting foster and kinship families to care for children who are places in the state’s custody due to abuse or neglect. The staff at RISE are able to assist with the adoption process. Additionally, RISE licenses and supports families who care for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Vision Quest

VisionQuest has served the Tucson Community for more than 40 years. Our knowledge and experience allow for high-quality service and care for children and families. VisionQuest is certified through the Sanctuary Institute to provide trauma informed care to foster families and the children they serve.

Southern Arizona Foster Care Resources Map