Support Services Training Available for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Families

Office of Individual and Family Affairs
The Office of Individual and Family Affairs at AHCCCS

Within the AHCCCS Division of Health Care Advocacy and Advancement, the Office of Individual and Family Affairs (OIFA) promotes recovery, resiliency, and wellness for people with mental health and substance use challenges, and the families who support them. As community liaisons, it’s OIFA’s charge to ensure communities, organizations, advocacy groups, and key stakeholders understand the resources and services available to AHCCCS beneficiaries.

Anika Robinson, Foster Care Community Liaison, manages a busy schedule traveling across Arizona teaching foster and adoptive families about such resources. A licensed foster parent herself for 11 years, Robinson speaks from lived experience. She juggles her work schedule around the needs of her eight children ages 4-20, four of whom were adopted out of the foster care system. One son has behavioral health needs and another is developmentally delayed with medical needs.

Robinson is passionate about advocating for the foster and adoptive community. She was instrumental in getting House Bill 2442, better known as Jacob’s Law, passed in 2016. Now part of AHCCCS operating policy, Jacob’s Law instituted timelines to access behavioral and urgent health services, requires a placement packet, and provides protections for caregivers.

To educate prospective and current foster parents about policies benefitting vulnerable children, Robinson will present several training classes through October. The public is encouraged to attend any of the following scheduled information sessions or contact OIFA at oifa@azahcccs.gov or 1-800-654-8713.

Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
Arizona’s Children Association and Prevent Child Abuse Arizona
3298 Bob Drive, Prescott Valley AZ 86314
RSVP to Larri Stell
928-443-1991 x 2020, LStell@arizonaschildren.org

Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Mission Community Church Children
4450 E. Elliot Road, Room 401, Gilbert, AZ
RSVP to Anika.Robinson@azahcccs.gov

Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Arizona’s Children Association and Northland Pioneer College
1161 S. Main St., Snowflake, AZ
RSVP to Kristen Padilla
928-368-7330, KPadilla@arizonaschildren.org

Aug. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Family Involvement Center (FIC)
5333 N. 7th St. Ste A100
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Space is limited. RSVP to 602-288-0155
Free Dinner and Childcare

Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Arizona’s Children Association and Northern Arizona Healthcare
McGee Auditorium
1200 N. Beaver, Flagstaff, AZ
RSVP to Larri Stell
928-443-1991 x 2020, LStell@arizonaschildren.org

Sept. 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Online webinar
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jacobs-law-presentation-tickets-36246933554
or RSVP to Anika.Robinson@azahcccs.gov

Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Community Church
10815 N. 84th Street, Scottsdale, AZ
Lunch will be provided. Six credit training hours.
RSVP at http://fs3.formsite.com/AZAFAP/form141/index.html

Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-noon
Yavapai County Superior Court
Jury Assembly Room
2840 N. Commonwealth Drive, Camp Verde, AZ
RSVP to Larri Stell
LStell@arizonaschildren.org

Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m.
Human Resource Training (HRT)
RSVP to Anitra Cruz
602-433-1344, AnitraC@hrtaz.com

Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-noon
Cpes
4825 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., Tucson, AZ
RSVP to Sandra Toney
520-884-7954 x 120, SToney@cpes.com

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