February 2022
Great news! AFFCF has updated our awards guidelines to better serve children and youth in foster care. Some of the changes include:

  • New maximum award amounts for camps and out-of-state theme park admission
  • Expanded supplemental clothing category
  • New category - school supplies

To see these changes and all of our award guidelines, click the button below!
After COVID dramatically altered everything in early 2020, no one quite knew what to expect for the school year beginning in Fall 2020. What the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation did know, was that remote learning would disproportionately affect children in foster care, particularly those living in group homes (nonprofit and for-profit congregate care settings for children in foster care) where technology was severely limited.

Thanks to a grant from businesses and individuals, and led by board members John Keane and Debbie Hall, AFFCF created a program to enhance the technology made available to children living in group homes. Read more...
At the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation, we love a good follow-up story. A few years ago, we told you about Victoria, a bright young woman who joined the Keys to Success program when she was 16. As an AFFCF scholar, she will graduate from the University of Arizona this May, a full year ahead of schedule!

“Hello! My name is Victoria-Anne (they/she) and I’ve been in Keys to Success for four years now. I graduated high school in 2019 and started at the University of Arizona for Art Education that same year. Read more...
The Keys to Success program is about more than helping youth in foster care find employment. It’s our career and employment development specialists working in tandem to help young people realize their potential, develop job readiness skills and take an active role in determining their future. You can support the young adults in our Keys to Success program by making a contribution to Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Individuals can contribute up to $500 and joint filers can contribute up to $1,000 and receive a dollar-for-dollar credit on their Arizona state taxes.
AFFCF is pleased to announce that 11 new students have been awarded the AFFCF scholarship for the Spring 2022 semester! One student, Naomi, is returning to the AFFCF Scholarship Program after a semester off of school.

Naomi knew that college was for her. In fact, she took dual enrollment classes in high school. When she started college in the summer of 2018, she lacked access to technology and had to withdraw from two of her classes. After being awarded a laptop from the Penson Fund, she passed her remaining class. When the semester ended, Naomi wanted to focus on becoming stable financially, so she moved to a new city, purchased a vehicle, found employment, began living independently. Read more...
You can help support young people, like Naomi, by making a foster care tax credit donation to Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Doing so, you can receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your Arizona state taxes, up to $500 for individuals and up to $1,000 for couples. Donate by April 15, 2022, and you can count it toward your 2021 tax returns.
AFFCF is pleased to announce the addition of several new preferred partners:
Cave Creek
Arcadia, Arrowhead, North Peoria, North Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Surprise
Cave Creek
Our preferred partners come from all areas of Arizona and provide a discount on their services/activities for children in foster care. View the complete list of our preferred partners at affcf.org/partners.
Own a business that provides activities for children? Become a preferred partner today! Apply at affcf.org/beapartner.
Donating to AFFCF is a win-win! You win with a dollar-for-dollar credit on your Arizona state taxes. Kids in foster care win when they get to play a sport, go to camp and do fun things that every other kid gets to do.
There’s still time to donate to AFFCF and count it for the 2021 tax year through April 15, 2022! Let your friends, family, colleagues and everyone else know that they can be winners for kids in foster care, too!