Children & Family Services 

Ninety percent of a child’s brain develops during the first five years. Studies show that children exposed to high quality early childhood experiences develop stronger language, math and social skills. Children & Family Services helps parents build a strong foundation for their children, helping to ensure they are ready for school and ready for life.

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest Family Resource Centers, in partnership with First Things First, provide families with children birth to 5 years old activities which include developmental playgroups, parenting classes and assistance to locate information and community resources. Families have access to knowledge, resources and supports that will help their children be school ready in order to reach their full potential. This partnership with First Things First is with the Phoenix North and Southeast Maricopa Regional Councils.

Family HOMES (Foster Care)

Family HOMES (Foster Care) brings children and children and adults with development disabilities home to a place where emotional and physical needs can be met with love. Click here for more information.

Family SPOT Resource Centers

Family SPOT Resource Centers, in partnership with First Things First, provide families with children birth to five years old access to information and links to the resources they need to be confident and capable in their ability to support their child’s safety, health and overall well-being.

For assistance with completing SNAP or AHCCCS applications, clients can contact the center nearest them. Each center has a certified assistor that is trained and available to help. 

Locations and contact information

Jannelle Radoccia: Children & Family Services Regional Director, jradoccia@lss-sw.org, 480-396-3795

Locations:

East Mesa: 612 S. Ellsworth, Mesa, AZ 85208, sfaust@lss-sw.org, (480)-489-5773

West Mesa: 142 N. Date St., Mesa, AZ 85201, apalmquist@lss-sw.org, (480)-489-5772

Gilbert: 1159 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234, mscavo@lss-sw.org, (480)-489-5771

East Phoenix: 3546 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018, mconcepcion@lss-sw.org, (602)-526-5830

Central Phoenix: 1500 W. Maryland, Phoenix, AZ 85015, brogers@lss-sw.org, (602)-501-8840

Sunnyslope: 9424 N. 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021, kwillhauck@lss-sw.org, (602)-526-5829

Strong Parents Academy 

Located at all centers shown above

Strong Parents Academy teaches parents of children ages 0-5 skills needed to support their children as they grow and thrive. Participants will enhance their capacity and confidence in their ability to support their child’s safety, health and well-being. Class topics include child development, discipline, safety, nutrition and much more. 

If you are interested in Strong Parents Academy, contact any of the centers nearest you. 

Protective Factors

Protective factors are conditions or attributes in individuals, families and communities, that when present, eliminate risk and increase the overall well-being of children. Protective factors help parents to find resources, supports or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively. Children & Family Services provides families access to information and links to the resources they need to be confident and capable in their ability to support their child’s safety, health and development. We understand parenting is part natural and part learned, and that we all need help sometimes. Through our Play SPOTs, parenting workshops and community resources we provide concrete support in times of need, social connections and information about children’s development.

Family Resource Network Link

The family resource centers in the First Things First Family Resource Network give parents and caregivers the tools they need to support the learning and healthy development of their young children. To find a family resource center near you visit  www.familyresourceaz.org.

Play SPOT

Play groups facilitated by trained staff and volunteers offer ideas for adults to weave play and learning together. Play groups last about 90 minutes.

  • Interactive Songs 
  • Hands-on Activities for Parents and Children 0-5 
  • Take Home Activitie 

If you have any questions please contact 602-501-8840 or 480-489-5774. To volunteer for a Play SPOT, contact Abril Coronel at acoronel@lss-sw.org or 480-528-0013.

Juniper Library 
1825 W. Union Hills Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85027 
12:15 pm- 1:15pm 
1st and 3rd Wednesday 

Acacia Branch Library 
750 E. Townley Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85020 
12:30pm-1:30pm 
2nd and 4th Friday 

Queen Creek Library 
21802 S. Ellsworth Rd. Queen Creek, AZ 85142 
12:45pm-2:15pm 
1st and 3rd Wednesday 

Mesa Express Library 
2055 S. Power Rd Ste. 1031, Mesa AZ 85209 
10:30am-12:00pm 
2nd and 4th Fridays 

Southeast Regional Library 
775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85234 
10:30am-12:00pm 
1st Saturday & 
11:15am-12:45pm 
4th Tuesday 

Mesquite Library
4525 E. Paradise Village, Phoenix, AZ 85032
12:00pm-1:00pm
2nd and 4th Wednesday 

Cholla Branch Library
10050 N. Metro Pkwy E., Phoenix, AZ 85051
12:30pm-1:30pm
1st and 3rd Tuesday 

Mesa Main Library
64 E. 1st St., Mesa, AZ 85201
10:30am-12:00pm
1st and 3rd Friday 

Spectrum Community Center
2928 S. Spectrum Way, Gilbert, AZ 85295
10:30am-12:00pm
1st and 3rd Tuesday 

Power Ranch Carriage House
4546 E. Haven Crest Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85297
10:45am – 12:15pm
2nd Tuesday