Julie Rosen Joins Leadership at Child & Family Resources

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Julie P. Rosen, M.S., L.P.C. joins the leadership of Child & Family Resources as the Vice President for Family and Community Services.

Julie brings over 20 years of experience in non-profit management, program development, clinical management, and employee and leadership development. As Vice President and a Licensed Professional Counselor, Julie has lead programs to be thriving, multi-million dollar, statewide operations. Previously, Julie served as Vice President for Chicanos Por La Causa where she dramatically improved the outcomes of the program. Julie had sole responsibility for the day-to-day operations, selection and development of the team members, and both clinical and financial matters.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Child and Family Resources as their mission matches my life work. I’m excited to serve Arizona by providing families with the tools they need to thrive.” said Julie.

At Child & Family Resources, Julie will oversee the statewide work of five programs, including Healthy Families, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Building Bright Futures, Community-Based Prevention, and the Arizona Early Intervention Program.

“Julie brings a passion for the children and families that will strengthen our team, and deepen the great work we do to build strong communities where children can reach their full potential,” said Eric Schindler, President and CEO of Child & Family Resources. 

Keep kids safe! Car Seat Installation Checks.

When installed and used correctly, child safety seats and safety belts can prevent injuries and save lives.

Child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by up to 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. (Safe Kids Worldwide) Unfortunately, 73 percent of car seats across the country are used or installed incorrectly, according to Safe Kids Worldwide, an organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children. (Safe Kids Worldwide)

Healthy Families, a program of Child & Family Resources, has 4 technicians trained in proper car seat installation. We are able to install car seats for anyone in the community and we are able to do car seat checks to make sure the car seat presently being used isn’t expired, recalled, correct fit, or correctly installed. 

Friday, February 17th Car Seat Clinic

If you or anyone needs a car seat or check please fill out the form above and send it back to Serina Cota at scota@cfraz.org. She will then call you to set up an appointment for installation or check.  

With an appointment, installations/checks happen every 3rd Friday from 11:30-1:30,

Please note the car seats are for children newborns to 60 lbs. Please fill out the form completely so we can let you know if your child will be the right fit for the car seat.  

Over the next year, with funds and support from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety grant, Healthy Families’ 13 National Child Passenger Safety Program certified technicians will provide and properly install 200 free car seats to families in the Healthy Families program. Using the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines and "SafeKids" training program, Healthy Families will also educate 800 families in the community on the importance of child restraint systems (car or booster seat) for all children under eight years old and 4'9" tall.

The Car Seat Safety Program will serve Kingman, Bullhead City, Yuma, Apache Junction, Casa Grande, Tucson, Nogales, Sierra Vista, and Safford.

Champions for Children & Families, Phoenix

Nearly 150 attendees gathered together for the 2016 Champions for Children & Families Dinner on December 8th at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.

Guests mixed and mingled to the sounds of the jazz trio, Jazzola, and learned more about the mission and work of Child & Family Resources during an inspirational program, followed by our Champions for Children & Families Awards presentation.

Hosted by our emcee, Nicole Crites of AZFamly TV3, guests heard an emotional testimonial by Desiree Gutierrez, a recent graduate of our Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents program, about how it had helped change her life. We then celebrated the winners of our 2016 Champions Awards who included Ava Castro with the Giving Heart Award, Valley Leadership Class 34 with the Gabe Zimmerman Emerging Champion Award, Carol Knight and Colleen Walski with the Champion for Children & Families Award, and finally, Nadine Mathis Basha with the Martha K. Rothman Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thank you to all of our winners, guests, and sponsors who made this year’s event so very special!

Great Things: Three Stories

Andrea Vasquez

Andrea joined Child & Family Resources' Youth Empowered for Success (YES) as a student in high school. She participated as an active member of the group, until she assumed a leadership role as a Youth Mentor, helping to lead her school and team members in community building projects. 

Now, she is actively pursuing a degree in social work at Arizona State University. Read ASU's article about her -- including the role YES played in her career decisions: Dreamer Proves Hard Work Pays Off. 

>> Learn more about YES


Kathy and Katia

Katia's birth took an unexpected turn -- already diagnosed with a heart murmur, Katia's heart beat slowed dangerously during delivery and doctors rushed Kathy into emergency C-section. Katia was born with facial palsy, a heart murmur, deafness, and  breathing challenges to due to issues with her trachea . It was nothing like what she and her husband had imagined, but Kathy says, "She was perfect for us." Katia was a feisty baby, showing a strong will to thrive, and she grew into a little girl who loved to dance, dress up, and put on makeup. 

Kathy and family joined Child & Family Resources' Healthy Families program, when Katia was a baby. Roxanne, their Family Support Specialist, was there to encourage them all to do well, and guide the family through normal stages of development. She even helped Kathy guide Katia through potty training. 

Kathy and Katia graduated from Healthy Families. Last year, Katia started school where she continues to shine. Healthy Families will always be a part of their experience. ""Roxanne is a friend," Kathy said, "I loved working with her."

>> Learn more about Healthy Families


Quality Early Care

We already know that one of the great barriers to employment is finding quality child care, but it's not as commonly acknowledged as a barrier to education, as well (although, there is some gaining acknowledgement of the issue). Yet, at Child & Family Resources, we know that one of the big reasons that young mothers fail to complete education is because of a lack of access to quality child care.

Child & Family Resources' Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents (MCAP) has eliminated that barrier, providing a free, on-site, accredited, and four-star rated, on-site Early Learning Center. The Early Learning Center is directly across the hall from the classrooms, allowing mother the opportunity to check in on her child and participate in special projects or festivities, like Halloween! While mothers pursue their High School Equivalency, their children are getting a head start on their education, because highly skilled teachers are providing an environment that will lay a strong foundation for all of their future learning. 

>> Learn more about MCAP
>> Learn more about Quality Child Care

Diana Jimenez-Young Wins Heart of a Champion Award for her Life-long Work to Prevent Teen Suicide

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Diana Jimenez-Young was awarded “Heart of a Champion” by the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition (AZSPC).  

Diana has dedicated over 10 years to suicide prevention. Since 1996, Diana has worked with Child & Family Resources as a leader in the field of prevention, working with teen parents, children, families and youth, as well as in community mobilization and development. She currently serves as the Program Director of Youth Empowered for Success (YES), a youth leadership development and universal prevention program that mobilizes the power of youth to create conditions for success in schools and communities.

A Tucson native, Diana graduated from Sunnyside High School before attending University of Arizona for a Bachelors degree in Family Studies. She received a Masters degree in Social Work from Arizona State University.

As a suicide credentialed preventionist in the state of Arizona, Diana is also a Master Trainer in the area of suicide intervention and prevention, using the curriculums of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), SafeTALK and QPR since 2006. She is also currently in the process of becoming certified in Psychological Autopsies through the American Association of Suicidology.

“Suicide prevention is not just about saving lives, its’ about creating a community where open dialogue about suicide creates compassion, understanding and safety for those in need of the help.  I am proud to be part of the work!” says Diana.

The AZSPC acknowledges trainers who have demonstrated a personal passion and/or established an organizational commitment to build and/or sustain suicide-safer communities by raising awareness that suicides are preventable and that prevention is a shared responsibility where every person has the potential to make a difference and save a life. The Annual AZSPC Hope Conference was held in Phoenix at the Black Canyon Conference Center on October 18, 2016.  

To learn more about teen suicide prevention programming, visit our Teen page

Diana with Heather Brown, Prevention Administrator at Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care

Diana with Heather Brown, Prevention Administrator at Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care

Corner Office: Healthy Families Celebrates 25 Years

(L to R): Kate Whitaker, National Healthy Family America; Pauline Pauline Haas-Vaughn, Child & Family Resources Statewide Program Director for Healthy Families; and Esthela Navarro, Great Kids, Inc. 

(L to R): Kate Whitaker, National Healthy Family America; Pauline Pauline Haas-Vaughn, Child & Family Resources Statewide Program Director for Healthy Families; and Esthela Navarro, Great Kids, Inc. 

25 years ago, Arizona became a pioneer, and for once, led the nation in doing something innovative! We became one of the first states on the mainland to implement Healthy Families, a now proven, and then promising program that promotes healthy child development, and prevents child abuse and neglect.

Thanks to the leadership of advocates, including Child & Family Resources staff (then known as Tucson Association for Child Care), the first Healthy Families teams began in Tucson and Prescott. Recently, the several hundred Healthy Families coaches, supervisors, administrators along with state government officials, gathered in Phoenix to celebrate this silver anniversary.

The Healthy Families model is a type of home visitation service. In essence, trained coaches provide mentoring and support to interested young mothers and fathers, at no cost, and in the couple’s own home. These counselors visit periodically (more at first and then scale back as per need and parental request), and use an established research proven method to build trust and then help parents gain confidence and skills. For a fraction of the cost of foster care, or residential care – the frequent result of children being removed from their homes – we can prevent child maltreatment and promote children’s success.

Child & Family Resources is one of the two largest providers of Healthy Families in Arizona. Providing these kinds of cost effective interventions to parents of infants and young children is one of the smartest ways to ensure our mission of building strong communities where children can reach their full potential.

Employees from across the state gathered on Tuesday, September 27th to celebrate  of the work Arizona has done for children and families. Here's to many more years to come! 


Eric Schinder, Ph.D.
President and CEO

Since 2005, Dr. Eric Schindler has been the President and Chief Executive Officer  for Child & Family Resources, Inc.  Dr. Schindler received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1982. After internship training in child and family psychology at U.C. Davis, and postdoctoral training in pediatric psychology in Chicago, he has spent over 30 years working in Tucson community settings as an administrator, director, teacher and practitioner.  A licensed psychologist since 1984, he also served as an adjunct instructor in Family Studies at the University of Arizona for many years. 

Previously, Dr. Schindler served for nine years as the Director of Clinical Services for La Frontera Center, Inc., a comprehensive community behavioral healthcare organization, where he was also the Director of Training for the APA approved Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Consortium. He maintained a  private practice in psychotherapy for 20 years prior to assuming the leadership of Child & Family Resources.

Cindy Quenneville Welcome Reception

Thank you to all of the great friends and supporters who joined us at the home of Carmella Dodge for a lovely evening of food and welcome for our new Vice President for Family and Community Services, Cindy Quenneville.

Guests enjoyed delicious light fare prepared by Carmella, along with a brief presentation about Child & Family Resources by President & CEO, Dr. Eric Schindler. Great conversation flowed and many new friends were made. Thank you to all who could join us!

Corner Office: We’ll Never Achieve our Missions by Running Great Programs

Let’s be honest. A traditional agency model, based on providing top-notch services to a limited number of eligible clients isn’t sufficient to make a meaningful impact for most social problems.

Consider for example the fact that less than one in six children in our communities attend quality early childhood education. If we know that the best way to promote children’s potential is ensure that they enter school ready, then we have to make sure more children under five have access to quality preschool and early childhood education.

None of our current programming is geared towards this specific goal. Our services educate parents on the importance of quality early childhood education; we work with childcare professionals to become quality early childhood education – all necessary and powerful programs—but none of them specifically ensure all Arizona children access to education at a critical time in their development.

Getting to scale that large requires a more seismic shift at the policy and community-values level, not finding a few more dollars to increase slots at a few programs (no matter how well run, effective and appreciated they are).

As leaders and advocates for children and families, we need to redefine our roles to include political advocacy. As leaders, we must commit our time to meetings with city council members, mayors, campaign funders, community collaborators, and pollsters in order to affect changes in legislation, because meaningful change and achieving our goals will only happen when our elected leaders have children and family-centric priorities. 

Human-serving organizations like Child & Family Resources and their supporters need to become increasingly more involved in cause-driven political campaigns.

Please stay tuned in the upcoming election cycle for opportunities when you can also join in the effort by voting on legislation that will truly change the state of Arizona. 


Eric Schinder, Ph.D.
President and CEO

Since 2005, Dr. Eric Schindler has been the President and Chief Executive Officer  for Child & Family Resources, Inc.  Dr. Schindler received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1982. After internship training in child and family psychology at U.C. Davis, and postdoctoral training in pediatric psychology in Chicago, he has spent over 30 years working in Tucson community settings as an administrator, director, teacher and practitioner.  A licensed psychologist since 1984, he also served as an adjunct instructor in Family Studies at the University of Arizona for many years. 

Previously, Dr. Schindler served for nine years as the Director of Clinical Services for La Frontera Center, Inc., a comprehensive community behavioral healthcare organization, where he was also the Director of Training for the APA approved Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Consortium. He maintained a  private practice in psychotherapy for 20 years prior to assuming the leadership of Child & Family Resources.

Cindy Quenneville Joins Leadership at Child & Family Resources

Cindy Quenneville joins the leadership of Child & Family Resources as the new Vice President for Family and Community Services.

Cindy brings over twenty-five years of experience working in the non-profit and corporate sector in Phoenix, Arizona. Most recently she served as Chief Executive Officer for the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, where she significantly broadened the service capacity, by expanding the Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic in addition to the Center’s Wellness programs.

Cindy has a demonstrated track record of strong community involvement and service. During her tenure as Vice President at the Desert Mission John C. Lincoln, she oversaw community revitalization efforts of a 12-acre blighted area which lead to a 26% decline in crime in the targeted neighborhood. She also led efforts to implement new awareness events, build community ties, and unite programs for the benefit of the people served in the community.

“I am excited to return to the work that is my personal passion—working with families,” said Cindy. “It is an honor to be associated with such a wonderful organization whose mission continues to focus on providing children and their families the tools they need for success.”

At Child & Family Resources, Cindy will oversee the statewide work of five programs, including Healthy Families, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Building Bright Futures, Community-Based Prevention, and the Arizona Early Intervention Program.

“We are excited to have such a strong community leader join our team. She will be a valuable asset in continuing the great work we do, furthering our mission to build strong communities where children can reach their full potential,” said Eric Schindler, President and CEO of Child & Family Resources. 

Congratulations, Graduates

Across the state, we're celebrating the hard work of families in our Healthy Families program. 

Healthy Families Arizona is an accredited, nationally recognized home visitation program. It is a free and voluntary program designed to provide child development information, parenting skills and family enhancement weekly in families in their homes during pregnancy and after the baby is born.

The home visitors, known as Family Support Specialists, are caring, skilled and knowledgeable. They are dedicated to serving families and are experts in creating relationships that promote confidence and personal growth. 

We focus on the power of parenting to enhance the lives of children and their families.

When our families graduate out of the program, somewhere around 3 years old, we celebrate the foundation work the family has done to prepare their child for life-long success. Please enjoy the great celebrations from across the state! 

Pinal County 

Pinal County celebrated 9 families this year! 

Pima County 

Pima County celebrated 28 families! They worked hard for many years; we're proud of the good work they've done. 

Families work very hard for years. Congrats to them, their hard work, and the staff who have made such a difference!

Don't just take our word for it -- enjoy this short video where families share their experiences with Healthy Families.