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.