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Boost A Foster Family, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Gift Distribution, Human Services

Mission: Providing assistance to Arizona foster families and those seeking foster care licensure.

Results: We have fulfilled over 1000 requests for items such as fire extinguishers, rabies vaccines, smoke and CO detectors, magnetic cabinet locks, gun safes, trigger locks, CPR classes, physicals, and more.

Target demographics: low-income kinship foster families needing to overcome obstacles to licensure

Direct beneficiaries per year: 800+ families

Geographic areas served: Every corner of Arizona

Programs: We provide items that the state requires to become a licensed foster parent. Boost a Foster Family is a Qualified Foster Care Charity for the Az Tax Credit.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about this organization! They truly do make in impact in the lives of families who receive placement of children in foster care. As a licensing worker who works primarily with kinship foster families, BOOST has helped these families overcome barriers that would otherwise prevent them from being foster care licensed. All children deserve a safe environment and home, and BOOST helps provide that for them. I am honored to work in partnership with such a great nonprofit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Speaking from a grandma who had to take care of my grandbabies boy and a little girl 2 and 1 year old with nothing but the clothes on their back, Jenny Cook from boost a foster family helped me out tremendously not to mention Bianca Lee Southwest human development, the ladies at Arizona Helping Hands Also. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart me and my grandbabies are truly blessed by all these organizations that i didn't know existed

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Boost is an amazing organization that assists with families in need of financial assistance with children who go into foster care. Protecting kids is their #1 priority. The foundation of Boost is heartwarming as it was all about assisting children to be able to stay with direct family members or someone close so that these special children don't have to go into a system and end up staying in unfamiliar homes. Boost has such compassion and awareness for the extreme need to place these children in a loving home. Our company has worked with Boost with several of these families in need and I can honestly state that Boost is family focused and will do anything to keep children in a safe environment. 5 stars to Boost for all they do to help Arizona families who are a part of the foster care program.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Boost a Foster Family by helping to deliver heavy items such as bunk beds to families in need. Seeing the difference this charity makes in the lives of kinship foster families is very rewarding. The children are always so excited to see the arrival of the new bunk bed and can’t wait to get their mattresses off the floor, or to be able to move out of sharing the bed with another child. This is a great organization if you are looking to donate or volunteer.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you so very much for the IMMEDIATE help and responses you were able to make for M’s family! I can’t say that enough!!! We just heard of your organization recently and are amazed at the service you offer, especially for these kinship families that already have the kiddos. Your assistance helping provide for all these licensing items will get “M” that financial assistance to meet the home inspection standards and we can move forward with getting her licensed ASAP so that the financial assistance will come to her sooner. Bless you and the organization as youcontinue your very meaningful and worthwhile work for families

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have received the responsibility of caring for my two granddaughters. Everything seemed overwhelming but Boost a Foster Family has been a great help. The car seats we received was such a blessing to us. Thank you.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Boost A Foster Family has been wonderful to us. They got us totally set up on all the safety items we needed to get licensed as foster parents initially and are still helping us out 1.5 years later! It is hard work being foster parents, but having resources like Boost lessens the load and lets us focus more on the kids that need us!

2 Rickey W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great resource for foster families! We called and received help in little to no time. They assisted me with help to put in a pool fence to help keep my children safe. I would recommend this company to any foster family. Thank you Boost! - Rick

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Boost a foster family has helped some of my kinship families with home repairs to ensure that they can adopt their special family members in foster care and provide them with a safe home. These families would not have been able to make the necessary repairs if it wasn't for the assistance from Boost a Foster! Thanks for helping our families here in Northern Arizona.


-Tara

2 Dan B.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Every request we had, BOOST fulfilled in a very fast and friendly way. Jenny either ordered or personally delivered everything we needed… CPR Classes, magnetic cabinet locks, smoke detectors, trigger locks, gun safe and a fire extinguisher. BOOST a Foster Family has been absolutely AMAZING in helping get our home approved for our Kinship Foster Home-Study, which we have recently passed, thank you so much!!!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a DCS Kinship Support Liaison working with unlicensed kinship foster families in need, Boost a Foster Family is so helpful in supporting so many families with so many needs. The "Boost" Staff are so compassionate and supportive to our families served! They are so quick with responding to the needs of the families over and above what we can ever hope for! We are grateful and Blessed to have their support in our community!

2 Anabeli M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I want to thank Boost a Foster Family for their support to kinship families.

They help provide smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, pay for CPR and first aid classes (and much more).

They are also very open to creating partnerships with locally owned business.

During the pandemic many of our kinship families have been able to proceed through the licensing process because of their assistance.

If you would like to support foster kids. Donating to this organization is a way to do that.
Thanks

Anabeli Miranda
Casa de los Ninos
Training Coordinator and CDH/ADH Supervisor

4

Donor

Rating: 5

An efficient charity has low administrative expenses. Boost a Foster Family is in a league of their own when it comes to operating efficiently. I discovered this fact while performing a little due diligence prior to making my donation. Searching GreatNonprofits (greatnonprofits.org) and Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org) revealed just how low their expenses are. It feels good knowing every possible penny of my donation will help boost a family through the foster family process.

I never really considered the unexpected, costly, and somewhat daunting task of complying with all the requirements necessary to qualify as a foster family. Boost a Foster Family provides foster families the kind of support and assistance that just isn’t available anywhere else. Thank you for taking action to help boost foster families through the qualification process so they can get on with the more important job of fostering a child.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jenny, I want to thank you for the true human virtures you have within you. You go above and beyond the call of duty!!! I appreciate your willingness, kindness, and 7 star treatment! In hard situations you make a way for people to have hope, to smile, and feel a sense of relief. I just want to thank you for every thing you made happen. May blessing be bestowed upon your agency 10 fold, and your finances as well to help your agency to continue to help others, THANK YOU for ALL you do and have done for my family and situation. You are a true Angel!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so blessed to have Boost in my life. I appreciate all the support i have received to help my process towards becoming a licensed foster home a lot easier! I am forever grateful!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Where to begin...this nonprofit organization has been so inspiring to follow. When I decided to become a donor, it’s because my heart strings were pulled. It does what I can not. I love this vision of supporting families to be kept together. What a blessing to the foster community.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Boost a Foster Family is such a great agency that helps kinship families meet foster care licensing requirements. Many times kinship families need to pursue their Arizona foster care license in order to receive financial assistance. So when a family is met with needing to accomplish things that cost money, it can create a big barrier to licensure. Jenny with Boost a Foster Family is always very responsive and provides my families with various things such as needing items for the home inspection or covering the costs of dog licenses or CPR and First Aid certifications. My clients have verbalized many thanks for receiving the assistance. It is greatly appreciated when I can tell my clients "I know someone who can help with this" rather than just "you need to do this". Thank you Boost a Foster Family and its donors for helping families in need!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This agency was a life savor for our family! They are so kind and courteous. They were able to supply much needed help with not only the things like, smoke detectors, first aid kits, and fire extinguishers, but also with certificates for rabies vaccinations and even helped with repairs on our windows!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Boost a Foster Family has helped our kinship families tremendously. Without their help families could have been disrupted or homeless.

They are a great benefit to our Kinship Families. Without Boost a Foster Family, Inc. Families may have not qualified for Licensing.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a worker from the Department Child Safety and we utilize this agency in a consistent matter. This agency pays for half of the mesh pool fences for our kinship families in order to place foster children. Their forms are simple to fill and the staff is quick to answer. They not only pay for half of the pool fences but they also buy car seats, beds, and anything else that will impede the kinship family to become license.
The staff, who are all volunteers also delivers the things requested to the families in need. Without this agency, our kinship families will not be able to have what they need in order to foster their kids. Our Kinship families struggle financially and this agency has made the process so much smoother for those grandparents and uncles/aunts.

Thank you!!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is a great asset to the foster care community. They are a valuable asset to getting a family situated as foster parents and provide the state mandatory supplies needed for the home. Helping foster kids is their passion. If you are wanting to help foster children get into a home, this is a great place to donate!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about this great group of people. They work very hard to help families that are going through the foster process. We have worked with them for years. This is a great all volunteer group.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

When DCS became involved with my the quality of care for my granddaughter, my husband and I had to step in and take custody of her through a Kinship placement. At the drop of a hat, we had to bring our home current with the regulations of a foster home, which included the large expense of updating our pool fence. Within less than an hour of the referral to Boost A Foster Family, Michelle Noe was on the phone with me and authorized half the cost of the pool fence. I am ever so grateful for their responsiveness and gift so that we could keep our granddaughter safe with us until she can be reunited with her mom!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a licensing worker who gets the opportunity to work with families in foster care; both community and kinship. This organization always goes above and beyond to help without hesitation or question.
Recently, I have had two kinship families who have been asked to take multiple siblings into their care. The families did so because that's what families do. Neither of these families have the financial means to support additional mouths, beds and clothing. Without being licensed families with the state, they receive next to nothing to help financially. To become licensed, these homes must pass extensive inspections to insure the safety of the children being placed. Boost A Foster Family organization has stepped in and provided what these homes need to be able to pass their inspections. Kudos to all those volunteers and donors.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

To All,
The reality of becoming a licensed foster care provider under many categories can be a daunting journey. It hits every level of emotion and self pride. All situations are different. We truly thank Boost for everything they have encouraged and helped us complete what was needed to obtain our licensing. We truly suggest you reach out to Boost. An amazing outlet for all of us. My wife and I could not have achieved our licensing without them. Our true appreciation goes out to them.

Thank you!
Greg and Peggy Erks.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic agency!! I only have wonderful things to say about Boost! Their priority is to help prospective foster families acquire the items necessary for home inspections and they are timely.
Wonderful agency!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Boost A Foster Family, really helped my family. I'm an uncle taking care of my two nephews that live with me. When I needed help, Boost A Foster Family was there to help me.
Jenny Cook, thank you so much for your help.

God bless.

Marlon.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a licensing specialist and Boost A Foster Family has helped several of my families get licensed quickly or keep up with OLR requirements when they are licensed because they help break down financial barriers. I don't know what I would have done without them and can't say enough what an amazing organization they are. They have allowed my families the chance to focus on providing excellent care to the children placed with them instead of having to worry about how they will pay for things like CPR class. Thank you so much Boost A Foster Family! Jenny is quick to get back to you and super helpful!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with Arizona's Kinship families who are working on obtaining their foster care licenses. Boost A Foster Family has been so kind and helpful to our families. My families and I are extremely grateful to Boost A Foster Family and those who work/volunteer there. Everyone is always kind, courteous, and very professional.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Boost a Foster Family is a great nonprofit organization that is making a difference in the lives of many children and helping kinship families get licensed for foster care. In the short time I have been working with Jenny she has been very responsive to my emails and provides the requested donated items in a timely manner. Jenny drops the donations off at my office, which is a great personal touch and an opportunity to talk with her in person. The kinship families working with Arizona's Children Association and the staff appreciate the support of this organization. I know that many kinship families would not be able to get licensed without the support of Boost a Foster Family.

3 Esthela_M

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience was divine with Boost a family. I found myself in a hopeless hardship with no transportation to work nor a way for me to fix my vehicle issue. Boost a family were so compassionate and ready to help me. Their action of determination to help me, truly touched my heart because I really was down on my lucky and didn't have emergency money put away. Sincerely, I would like to thank all the kind hearted people who have donated and the hard working people behind the scenes to helping families like mines to get back on track. I appriciate all your hard work and dedication to helping others in need. THANK YOU!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Boost A Foster Family goes above and beyond to help and serve families. I am so grateful for this organization and all that they have done for the families I work with.

5 Renee G.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a licensing worker who works with Kinship foster families in the State of Arizona. BOOST A Foster Family is an extremely user-friendly non-profit organization that has greatly benefited Arizona's foster families who are in need since their debut. They provide household items for foster families that will assist them in passing their state Life Safety Inspection (ie., smoke detector, fire extinguisher, trigger-locks for firearms, etc.) as well as a brand new comfortable mattress to ensure children in these homes have a place to lay their head at night. In addition, they provide other items of furniture and "birthday surprises" for children in care. They are extremely responsive to licensing workers and agencies overseeing these homes. I personally have asked for very last minute items for a family whose home inspection was coming up quickly, and the items were in my hand the next day due to diligent volunteers that truly care about foster families. I would and actually do recommend this non-profit to all of my families involved in the child welfare system. They are very understanding of what foster families go through and willing to help them through the licensing process if there is a financial need or other type of barrier.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This fabulous agency has gone above and beyond to help the families they serve.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Boost A Foster Family has proven to be an incredibly helpful and efficient nonprofit. The assistance they have provided to several of our Arizona kinship families has made a big difference. Our foster families are held to high standards and many lack the resources or time to obtain the necessary bedding, safety equipment, and other costly items required of them; Boost A Foster Family makes it possible for families to get everything they need! My foster families are so grateful - and as a worker, so am I!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Boost a Foster Family is a new nonprofit that is making changes in our community and how kinship families become licenced! In our short amount of time getting to know Jenny and the Boost team, we have been able to support an amazing amount of relatives taking care of other relatives in foster care. Jenny has a quick response time, within minutes, to initial requests and homes have what they need within a few days to make sure they can pass an inspection. Jenny makes personal drop offs and can connect families to other needs outside the license requirements which makes her an invaluable part of the team. We at Arizona's Children Association appreciate her support of all kinship families.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with this charity and a board member. I have the joy of delivering items to the licensing workers who have identified families in need, as well as overseeing drives to benefit Boost. I love what I do! We have no paid staff and each volunteer brings their own diverse gifts and talents to this charity. I am so proud to be part of such a wonderful organization that is truly making the difference in the lives of Arizona foster families. Everyone on the team goes the extra mile. We would love more volunteers!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Boost A Foster Family is amazing! They quickly got back to me every time I requested assistance for my foster families! They have a caring and understanding staff and even went out of their way to deliver the items to my office! Boost A Foster Family provides help to families who otherwise would find it very difficult to get licensed or maintain their compliance with licensing requirements. I am grateful for their assistance as well as my families!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Boost A Foster Family is incredible. They have helped many of my foster families and appreciate all they do. There is no task they can't handle. Boost A Foster Family are quick to solve my request. They are amazing and greatly appreciate the work they are doing for our Arizona kinship families. A million thanks for everything you do.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing work! This organization goes above and beyond to help families. Extremely helpful and caring staff!

4 Debbie McIntyre D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity that wants to help anyone become a foster family. I have been so excited to watch them get going, and start giving families the boost they need to get through licencing.