- Downtown Phoenix Center at 1112 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013 (Map)
- West Valley Center in the Celebration Lutheran Church 8726 W. Olive, Peoria, AZ 85345 (Map)
- East Valley Center in the Desert Heritage Church 1020 N Horne, Mesa, Arizona 85203 (Map)
Arizonans for Children opened the state’s first Children’s Visitation Center in Phoenix in January 2003. This Center, which is the foundation for all of AFC’s programs, provides a safe home-like environment where supervised family visitations and bonding activities can take place. Due to the intense community need and the success of the first Center, in January 2006 AFC opened a second Visitation Center inside Celebration Lutheran Church in Peoria. In June 2007 we opened our third Center in Desert Heritage Church in Mesa. In 2003 we served 1,573 people; in 2004--- 6,803; in 2005—14,832; in 2006---2,1746; in 2007---22,840; 2008---37,574. To date since our inception in January 2003--March 31, 2013, we have served over 362,000 people.
A requirement of the court, supervised visits provide an opportunity for evaluation of a parent’s successful incorporation of parenting skills acquired through attendance of State provided classes and counseling. The goal is to determine parental suitability with the possibility of family reunification.
A key part of helping Arizona children who have been removed from their homes is helping them maintain contact with their siblings and parents. It is a sad fact that prior to the opening of the Children’s Visitation Centers, these visits took place in cramped Child Protective Services (CPS) offices. These places generally increase a child’s fear and apprehension while doing nothing to nurture and restore the parent-child relationship.
The Center in downtown Phoenix offers a game room, nursery, toddler room, large living room settings, and outside playground. The Center in Peoria has 7 visitation rooms, nursery and kitchen. The Center in Mesa has a kitchen, dining room, outside playground, nursery, game room and large visitation Rooms.
All rooms at all three Centers were completely furnished by a donation from The Room Store.
With your help we can extend the hours of operation and have even more programs available for our community’s less fortunate kids.
We have a great need for volunteers to staff both Centers. In doing so, you will be making a huge difference in the quality of life for these children. Find out more >>
"The DES Division of Children, Youth and Families is responsible for Arizona’s child welfare system and programs, including Child Protective Services (CPS). At DES we believe that children need safe, strong families to succeed in life. The Arizonans for Children, Inc. Children’s Visitation Centers not only provide children and families involved with the child welfare system much needed support through supervised visitations, but also help CPS case managers and parent aide agencies in their work with families and communities.These Children’s Visitation Centers provide a safe and family-friendly environment dining facilities, toys, games and interesting activities where supervised family visitations and bonding activities can take place. "I look forward to continued collaboration with Arizonans for Children, Inc. to promote successful visitation and aid in family reunification and rehabilitation."
Sincerely, Neal Young, Director, DES, July 2009