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September 04, 2013

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September 4, 2013 3 goal. All programs are family focused, strength based, culturally sensitive and outcome driven. Foster parents needed in Quartzsite The number of children in foster care is at an all-time high in Arizona. According to reports from Arizona's Department of Economic Security, there are 14,314 children in care, an increase of 40 percent since March 2010. Now, more than ever, there is a critical need for more loving foster families to care for these children while their biological families are on the mend. In Yuma and La Paz County, there are over 100 children in need of foster parents who are willing to open their hearts and homes to them. A shortage of foster homes in these areas means that children who are removed from their homes and separated from all that they know are placed in homes away from the school, neighborhood and friends they've grown to know. Arizona's Children Association (AzCA) recruits, trains and provides necessary assistance to the foster families state-wide, as well as, offers a variety of unique programs and services to the children and families. Currently, AzCA has more than 800 foster family partners throughout the state but that is not enough to meet the needs of our kids. We have a great need for new foster families in Yuma, Quartzsite, Parker, San Luis, Somerton and Wellton. In 2012, 10 children from Quartzsite, who were removed from their parents, had to be placed in Yuma because there were no homes available for them in all of LaPaz County. AzCA is the best resource for helping children and families in the state. For more than 100 years, AzCA has stayed true to "Protecting Children and Preserving Families," serving more than 42,000 children, individuals and families in all 15 counties in the state each year. AzCA provides a myriad of programs, across every county in the state, each tailored to the needs of the particular child, individual or family. An invaluable resource for protecting children and preserving families, AzCA is one of the oldest and largest not-for-profit child welfare and behavioral health agencies in Arizona. They believe that every child deserves a permanent home that is safe and nurturing and we strive toward that WE ARE OPEN ALL SUMMER! Sandy, Debbie, and Cheyanne are happy to help with your Hair, Nails, Pedicure and Therapeutic Massage Services Corner of Moon Mt. & Cowell • Quartzsite • QUARTZSITE S ONLY YEAR ROUND SALON 928-927-5400 In 2012, AzCA celebrated their first century of hope. AzCA was originally founded in 1912 to care for homeless, neglected and dependent children. To meet the changing needs of the children, Arizona Children's Home developed services that extended beyond the residential program in Tucson, and well beyond Tucson itself. They began establishing local advisory groups in 1915 with the following cities on record as initial supporters: Globe, Patagonia, Pima City, Safford, Solomon, Thatcher, Prescott, Yuma, and Nogales. By the year 1918, fifty cities across Arizona made at least one financial contribution to AzCA. Arizona's Children Association is committed to offering quality programs and services statewide in a fiscally responsible manner. At AzCA, 90 cents of every dollar is spent on programs and services and they have been recognized by The Business Journal as one of Arizona's top-rank- ing charitable organizations. They also maintain a number of accreditations, state licenses and organization memberships that allow the agency to remain on the leading edge of child welfare and behavioral health issues in Arizona and the country. AzCA is licensed by the Arizona Departments of Behavioral Health and Economic Security and nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and Better Business Bureau. What these children need most is to live in a stable, caring home, where they are acknowledged and know that they have someone to rely on. With so many children in care, more than ever, foster and adoptive placements are in need across the state. Become a part of Arizona's Children Association today! Help them provide for the children and families in our neighborhoods. If you are interested in becoming a foster or adoptive family, or would like to learn more about the agency, visit their website at, email fosteradopt@arizona or contact Pat Smith at 928.304.2030. PUBLIC NOTICE Need Cash? Jim Buys in Quartzsite! We pay top dollar for: Scrap Gold, Gold Coins, Dental Gold, All gold Marked 10K, 14K, 18K Foreign coins, Silver coins, Old U. S. Coins, Proof Sets. All Type Coins, Old U.S. and Foreign Paper Money, Famous Autographs. OPEN 7 da a we ys ek! JIM BUYS GOLD Conveniently Located Directly across from McDonald‛s in Quartzsite! OPEN YEAR ROUND! 1240 W. MAIN ST. • QUARTZSITE, ARIZONA

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