What is My Next Step?

The best way to learn more is to attend our next Find Your Place in Foster Care and Adoption events in September.  Please save the date and look for the sign-up link soon!

Find Your Place in Foster Care and Adoption
Thursday, September 15 | 6-8pm | Shea Venue
Thursday, September 22 | 6-8pm | North Ridge HSM

Everyone has a place in foster care and adoption—come find yours! At this event, you will hear about a variety of ways you can help address the foster care needs in our state—from donating diapers, to supporting a family who fosters, to becoming licensed yourself. Local partners will be onsite to answer questions and provide ways to get involved. Childcare provided and light snacks.  Childcare provided and light snacks.

Sign up will open in August 2022

Ways to Engage

The Greatest Need – Foster Care and Adoption

Have you ever thought about fostering a child?  Would you like to learn more?  We will connect you with helpful staff at Christian family Care and AZ 1.27 who can answer questions and will gladly guide you through this process!  SBC and dozens of other AZ churches are praying that 1,000 families will welcome a child into their home in the next two years.  Will you pray about being a forever family for a child in need?

Are you currently a foster, kinship, or adoptive parent?  Have you previously been a foster or kinship parent?   

Make a Difference and Lend a Hand Opportunities

Please review the list of opportunities at Gigi’s Cottage and with our local partners who provide critical support services and tangible needs for kids in care, foster families, birth families, and young adults who have aged out.

  1. Part Time/Full Time Staff at Gigi’s Cottage
    Firm Foundation Youth Homes is a faith-based group home agency that offers opportunities to minister to the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of Arizona foster girls. Caregivers work as a team and provide a nurturing and structured environment for our children in a group home called Gigi’s Cottage. This position requires a high energy, flexible person looking to work with foster children (7-17 years old) and take on a connected role in the lives of our girls.  For more information contact Phoebe Johnson at
  1. Mentor – Foster Children under 18
    SBC partners with Christian Family Care who provides training and carefully matches volunteer mentors with young teen or pre-teen children. Meetings are one-on-one and face-to-face each month. CFC’s hope is that deep, long-term friendships would develop, and that each youth would be encouraged by the adult’s commitment to meeting and relationship. For information contact Darwin Diaz at or
  1. Mentor – Aged Out Youth over 18
    SBC partners with Thrive AZ who works with young adults aged 18-24, who have been in foster care. These young adults do not have “forever families” and need a consistent adult in their life.  Thrive AZ offers housing and adults who can walk along side of them. Mentoring might include attending Thrive AZ planned events, holiday parties, or one-on-one activities of the youth’s choice on their time (getting coffee, hiking, etc).  For more information contact Luke Hollingshead at
  1. Court Appointed Advocates
    CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA volunteers are everyday people appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children in court. CASA provides training and will match you with a child in care. For more information contact Karolina Donis at
  1. Meeting Needs
    CarePortal brings the needs of hurting children and families in our community to our attention. Through the CarePortal technology, our church can connect with real-time needs that Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) workers uncover. DCS workers submit the prevention need and the church becomes aware of this need through an email. Individuals then have an opportunity to respond directly to families who are in crisis. For more information, please email our SBC volunteer champion, Bill Heitzinger at

The engagement grid below shows the holistic approach to the variety of ways to get involved! From donating diapers and planning birthday parties to mentoring a birth mother to fostering a child.

Gigi’s Cottage

A key component of our For the Valley vision is expanding our efforts to care for children and families impacted by the foster care crisis in our state. We’re excited to announce that in March 2022, SBC began a new effort to bring a girl’s foster home called “Gigi’s Cottage” under the SBC ministry umbrella. Previously founded and run by a long-standing SBC family and their organization Firm Foundations, the home provides a home for girls ranging in age from 8 to 16.

Some of the girls who will live at Gigi’s Cottage come from a failed foster, adoption, or kinship placement; others from facilities that offer higher-level care, such as residential treatment centers or therapeutic group homes. Through new combined efforts, SBC will provide administrative and operational support to assist the Gigi’s Cottage team to help these girls move in a positive direction and experience the love of Jesus.

How can you get involved?  First, pray for the transition and logistics of establishing this home and the girls who will live there.  Second, get involved by volunteering. Opportunities to serve at the house will be posted here in the next couple months, but Gigi’s Cottage is currently seeking staff members including drivers, tutors, managers, and direct-care staff.

Is Gigi’s Cottage eligible for AZ’s state income tax credit as a Qualifying Foster Care Tax Credit Organization? Yes, you can confirm by visiting the Arizona Dept. of Revenue’s website and looking for Firm Foundation Youth Homes (scroll to the list for 2022 under QFCO). The QFCO code is 10054 which us used on the AZ tax form 352. The maximum credit allowed is $1,000 for married filing joint filers and $500 for single, heads of household, and married filing separate filers.

Contact Info

If you are interested in information about foster care, adoption, would like to serve in this ministry, or are a current foster, adoptive, or kinship family, please fill out the form below to let us know how we can serve you.

Help Us Connect with You

Foster Care and Adoption Partners

Foster Care Program Coordinator: Phoebe Johnson
Central Director, Local Outreach Director: Shannon Mitchell