Although at least a dozen adoption and foster care agencies in the metropolitan Phoenix area serve special needs children, there was no central place where adoptive and foster parents could find post-adoption support, information and services. One of the agencies, Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK), proposed the creation of an agency-independent resource center and public/private collaboration dedicated to connecting adoptive, foster care, kinship, and guardianship families to resources, support, education, and each other. This led to the creation of The Lodestar Family Connections Center at AASK. Although no longer operating as a physical one-stop-shop, participating agencies formed a joint website to coordinate services for foster care.
Grant Amount: $1,000,000
Year Granted: 2014
Timeframe: Grant awarded over multiple years
Grantee: The Lodestar Family Connections Center
Location: AZ - Arizona
Grantee Website: The Lodestar Family Connections Center