stability within families caring for children born to others
4710 E 29th Street
Tucson, AZ 85711
Tel: (520) 323-4476
Fax: (520) 323-9830
Arizona has one of the nation’s fastest growing populations of grandparents raising their children’s children. To help them parent successfully, the Kinship and Adoption Resource and Education (KARE) Family Center offers extensive support and services.
Programs are open to relatives and family friends caring for youth under age 18, as well as to people who have adopted children from within or outside their family.
The center is located in Tucson at the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Community Resource Center. Nearly half the families served are Latino, and more than half the staff members are Spanish-speaking.
Legal and Financial help are most popular
Each month, an attorney provides free help with paperwork and answers questions related to guardianship, adoption, and eligibility for state assistance.
Hundreds of families receive specialized case management services each year to help families with medical, behavioral health, educational and employment issues.
Support groups, health and wellness training and activities for youth are offered daily, including:
- monolingual Spanish-speaking caregivers’ support group
- families caring for children whose parents are in prison groups for youth and adults
- caregivers over age 60 support group
- kin-family parenting classes
- post-adoptive families support group
- Massage therapy, wellness classes and monthly educational opportunities
- after-school and summer activities, including the pre-employment program PT4J (Preparing Teens 4 Jobs)
- teen group
- annual and holiday events and celebrations
From referrals to financial relief
Each month, the center gets an average of 100 first-time calls. Some caregivers simply want quick answers or referrals, but many need immediate help meeting needs that range from cribs to custody issues.
More than 5,000 families have been assisted since the program began in 2001.
The KARE Family Center is a collaborative effort of Casey Family Programs and Arizona’s Children Association. The center also receives support from: