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.

A Family Home is a licensed, home setting where individuals live as a family. They support and encourage each person's independence, dignity and decision-making. Families are responsible for all aspects of care for the individual residing in their home and are encouraged to incorporate them into as many aspects of family life as possible. Licensed Family Homes receive a daily compensation for room and board, and habilitation.

Family HOMES provides support services to family providers.

  • Room & board reimbursement
  • Extensive training
  • Monthly in-home support
  • Emergency support telephone numbers
  • Foster parent mentors
  • Family fun events
  • Respite care

General requirements for becoming a Family HOME provider/

Foster Families must be approved by the state through the foster licensing process, which includes orientation, interviews, required training hours, fingerprinting and home study. This process typically takes 4-6 months to complete. Applicants must be:

  • 21 years of age
  • All members of the household must be in agreement to pursue foster care/adoption
  • Anyone living in the home who is 18 or older must pass a background check and receive a Level 1 Fingerprint Card
  • Your home will be inspected and must pass according to OLCR Guidelines 
  • All applicants must attend a minimum 30 hours of pre-service training

De Crianza Familias  deben ser aprobados por el estado a través del proceso de concesión de licencias de crianza, que incluye orientación, entrevistas, horas de capacitación requeridas, las huellas digitales y el hogar estudio. Este proceso suele durar 4-6 meses. Los solicitantes deben ser:

  • 21 años de edad
  • Todos los miembros de la familia deben estar de acuerdo para perseguir cuidado de crianza / adopción
  • Cualquier persona que viva en el hogar, que es mayor de 18 años debe pasar una revisión de antecedentes y recibir una tarjeta de huellas dactilares de Nivel 1 
  • Su casa será inspeccionada y debe pasar de acuerdo a las Directrices OLCR 
  • Todos los solicitantes deben asistir a un mínimo de 30 horas de entrenamiento previa al servicio.
  • Haga clic AQUI for orientation and training schedules.

Lutheran Social Services will be hosting an accelerated PS-MAPP in Phoenix office off of the I-10 and Elliot Rd.

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest main office.
10201 South 51st Street
Suite 180
Phoenix, Arizona 85044


Tuesday & Thursday night classes from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tuesday                                                               Thursday
01/31/2017 Meeting 1                                    02/02/2017 Meeting 2
02/07/2017 Meeting 3                                    02/09/2017 Meeting 4
02/14/2017 Meeting 5                                    02/16/2017 Meeting 6
02/21/2017 Meeting 7                                    02/23/2017 Meeting 8
02/28/2017 Meeting 9                                    03/02/2017 CPR/First Aid
03/07/2017 Meeting 10                                  03/09/2017 Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standards 

 ***No Childcare***

If these class times do not work for your family or they are not in the area, we are able to provide Deciding Together as well.

Please email familyhomes@lss-sw.org or call 1-844-891-2168 for more information.

Scott, a single man, has been an active foster parent for more than 13 years providing a loving and stable home for children with disabilities. He recently adopted two boys who were aging out of the Arizona Foster Care System and still opens his home for emergency care. When asked why, he says, “I want to make a difference in a child’s life and I see value in these special children.”

Contact Us

Northern, Central, Southern and Southeastern Arizona:   Familyhomes@lss-sw.org or Caren Barrientos, cbarrientos@lss-sw.org, 1-844-891-2168

This program was funded through a contract with the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Children, Youth and Families. Points of view are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Department.