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Episode 125: Interview with DCS Community Liaison Rayetta Sanchez

Fostering Voices Podcast

Release Date: 10/26/2021

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Join us for a great interview with Rayetta Sanchez, the Department of Child Safety's Community Liaison. She shares all the ways that we can all be involved in helping kids in foster care here in Arizona. We also discuss the big initiative they are working on right now called The Giving Tree. If you are a business, church, organization, or even a very generous person, you can get involved to make a big impact on many of Arizona's kids.

Chapters:

0:00 - Intro 

9:00 - Welcome Rayetta Sanchez!!

12:16 - What Are Some Ways We Can Help Kids?

16:36 - Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents

18:07 DCS's Giving Tree Program

21:20 - Get In Touch With Rayetta and DCS

22:07 - Supporting DCS

28:32 - Good Word Of The Day!!

34:00 - Thank Yous and Skinny Vanilla Lattes!

Links

Feeding The Mouth That Bites You: A Complete Guide to Parenting Adolescents and Launching Them Into the World

by Kenneth Wilgus

Get in touch with Rayetta Sanchez - [email protected]

You can email her to get more info, to help out, or to get your FREE Arizona State Parks pass (if you are a current foster family!)

To find a DCS office near you, go here!

Visit Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents to join, connect with other families, and receive free bikes and shoes as a foster and adoptive family, and so much more! 

Good Word Of The Day

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:18

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