Summer is a Time for Celebration

Summer is a Time for Celebration

Child & Family Resources was excited to celebrate families across the state who successfully graduated from a 3-5 year home-visitation program. Participants of Building Bright Futures and Healthy Families programs across the state commemorated this significant achievement with pomp and circumstance during the months of May and June.

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Generous First Things First Grant Funds Critical Services for New Parents in Pinal County

Generous First Things First Grant Funds Critical Services for New Parents in Pinal County

This past May 2018, CFR was thrilled to learn funding had been approved for a new proposal in Pinal County, which combines CFR’s two successful home-visitation programs to offer support to new moms. This innovative program will offer a blended model of providing both Healthy Families (HF) and Parents as Teachers (PAT) under one roof, in a rural community.

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CFR Steps In to Save Healthy Families Program in Lake Havasu City

CFR Steps In to Save Healthy Families Program in Lake Havasu City

This past spring, Child & Family Resources was asked by the state to take over the contract for Healthy Families in Lake Havasu City when the previous agency stepped down. CFR has an established office in Kingman, making this the second location in Mohave County with Healthy Families services available when the office officially opened in April 2018.

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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.

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