Specialized Foster Care
Native Homes for Native Children

Intermountain Centers for Human Development is recruiting and training Native American families to foster Native children, on a short or long term basis, who cannot live with their biological families. Native families provide the optimal homes for Native children. Each time a Native child leaves his/her Nation, their tribe’s future is diminished. A Native foster family can help a Native child by sharing their family, love, life skills, and culture and by keeping tribal traditions alive. To meet each foster child’s developmental needs, it is desired that the foster parents be able to maintain the child’s cultural identity, be mindful of his/her heritage, have energy to engage with a growing child and be able to provide consistent nurturing. Intermountain is flexible in adjusting to each family’s lifestyle and employs a supportive, teaching methodology in working with foster children and foster families. Intermountain partners with each foster family to support them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Intermountain strives to engage the biological family members in each Native child’s case plan and to reunify each child safely with his/her family, whenever possible. The preservation of culture and family belief systems is a priority within all Intermountain programs, in-home and out-of-home.

Intermountain offers specialized foster care to children who require a culturally appropriate, stable and safe out-of home placement with Native American families. Native foster care providers may also be kinship and respite providers.

Child’s Support Services Provided by Foster Family

The children of Arizona, especially those in Pima County, need families willing to provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment by serving as foster parents. Each child is required to have:

  • A Safe Home Environment
  • Nurturing, Supervision and Guidance
  • Behavior Management and Structure
  • A Designated Bedroom Accommodation for Safe Sleeping
  • Meals Consisting of an Adequate Diet
  • Hygiene Supplies for Daily Needs
  • Health and Medical Care
  • A Satisfactory Means of Transportation That Meets the Child’s Needs
  • Education
  • Religious and Cultural Freedom
  • Community and Recreational Opportunities
  • Familial contact with biological families, when appropriate

Foster Family Support Services

Intermountain’s diverse population of foster families provides the ability to serve the children and youth of ethnic diversity in the foster care system. Intermountain coordinators are assigned to assure that all of our Foster and Therapeutic Foster Care providers receive the support services they require to be successful. All foster families receive the following benefits:

  • Initial and On-Going Training in the Behavioral Model
  • Licensing Application Administration
  • 24 Hour a Day/7 Day a Week Coordinator Support
  • Respite Care, As Needed
  • Availability of Monthly Refresher Training
  • A Continuum of Services for Each Child
  • Support with All Services Rendered
  • Networking with Other Provider Families
  • If you would like more information on the services provided by Intermountain and the requirements for becoming licensed as a foster parent, contact Jack Smith at (520) 721-1887, Ext. 5283.
    This program is partially funded through a contract with the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Children, Youth and Families. Other sources of funding might be derived from tribal Social Services or tribal regional behavioral health authorities. Points of view are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Department or other referral agencies.
    For more information on Specialized Foster Care, please click on
    Native Foster Care Brochure.
    Click here for Native Foster Care Requirements.
    For more information on Foster Care and Therapeutic Foster Care please click Foster Care and Therapeutic Foster Care Brochure.