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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: Aviva provides enhanced services that improve the quality of life for children who are victims of abuse, neglect and poverty and in the care of the department of child safety.

Programs: Parent aide programssupervised visitation is the most important service that a family can receive when involved with the department of child safety. Under contract with the state, aviva supervised 4,467 court-mandated visits for families working their dcs case plan. These visits served 160 families and 285 children. The goal of avivas parent aide programs is to increase the prospects of family reunification through supervised visitation and supportive parenting strategies. Our parent aide program served 12 families with 15 children. The goal and purpose of this program is to empower and support parents as they work to fulfill their dcs case plan requirements and reunify with their children. This past year we completed the construction of our south side visit center. This center will enable aviva to provide quality visits to families on the south side of tucson. The center resembles on of tucsons colorful barrios with nine casitas lining the sides of the indoor boulevard named avandia aviva. It also features an indoor playground, dining and activity area. The administrative area is comprised of four offices and a small conference room, and houses our parent support program. Like our mid town center, this center is filled with many amenities to encourage positive family interactions conducive to reunification. Beyond serving avivas needs, the center is available for use by the other agencies with a comparable mission.

community resource programsaviva believes that children in state care should live as normal a life as possible, experiencing love, respect, and a kinder side of life to ease any trauma and confusion. When dcs removes children from their parents home, they often take with them little or no belongings. For 39 years, aviva community resources and volunteer program has been an important resource for dcs staff. This past year we provided over $35,000 in food and shoe gift cards, 7,200 pairs underwear and socks, and over 9,000 school supply items and backpacks. In addition, over 450 volunteers give their time and talents to provide children with 1,500 beautiful handmade quilts valued at $37,500 and 4800 bags for kids duffel bags valued at $36. 000. Volunteers also help sort and stock our donation closet with new and gently used clothing and resources that enhance the self-esteem and well-being of these children. This program is supported entirely by community donations and grants. Thanks to generous people like you, we were able to reach over 3,000 children in pima county this fiscal year. Aviva also solicits interviews and screens interns to work at dcs, become mentors and tutors. Our life book staff creates a beautiful book to tell the childs story in a sensitive, accurate and age appropriate way. We created over 15 life books this past fiscal year. One of our largest events is our kruzin for kidz holiday parade. The motorcycle parade raises over $20,000 and brings in over a 1,000 toys that distributed to children in foster care through the dcs. These funds and toys are combines with other generous donations to provide christmas gifts to over 2,000 children.

parent support programavivas parent support program is a way for families who have been reunified or are in the process of reunification to find the hope and encouragement needed to sustain a healthy family life. The goal is to reduce the rate of recidivism that occurs during the first 12 months of family reunification. We currently host a parent support group and recently launched a mentorship program for parents. Parent peer support group: parents meet in a group environment to share their experiences, frustrations, hopes and successes. It is a support group run entirely by the participants. It is based on the belief that only someone who has experienced the court process themselves can truly understand and support others who have had the same experience or are currently going through it. To date, this program has served more than 420 families and 846 children served to dated and achieved an impressive success rateless than 1% of participants have returned to court supervision. It is the only program of its kind in pima countyand, perhaps, the only one of its kind in arizona. There is no charge to attend meetings and childcare is provided. Parent peer mentoring: this one-on-one mentoring program is led by parents who have successfully reunified with their children and have received special training to help other parents understand the dependency process. Mentors offer their experience, strength and hope to those parents involved with dcs. They support parents with encouragement and inspiration to work towards family reunification. Mentors also attend court hearings and dcs meetings with their mentees. In addition, they help parents identify resources in the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My passion is too give back to any child suffering in any way mentally or physically emotionally sexually I am a survivor of sexual abuse as a child myself when I say survivor this I am so my family and I just relocated from Buffalo NY I would love to give back my healing and the process with identifying being a survivor my passion for anyone vulnerable abused I also have grown up in a blue collar family that financially was strained due to the money’s I’m a hairstylist for 26 years I love people and due to the burning desire for healing caring for me this would be an amazing way too help these wounded little soldiers I’m also a Mom of three and love my children and all kids my personality is upbeat and positive