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CFSS Publications


CFSS develops brochures to provide information on various programs and services it provides in different areas throughout Arizona. Those brochures are available here so you can read, download, print or send them to someone.

  • Northern Arizona: Partnering with Families to Build Relationships and to Inspire Hope
  • Tucson, Arizona: Families and Communities Together, Partnering with Families to Build Relationships and to Inspire Hope
  • Phoenix, Arizona: Partnering with Families to Build Relationships and to Inspire Hope


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Annual Reports

Each year CFSS publishes an Annual Report providing a recap of the year’s activities, important information on the services and supports provided across Arizona and feedback from the families and young people supported by the agency. Please get your copy by clicking on the Annual Report you would like to review.




CFSS Papers

Direct Support Services in Children’s Mental Health – Focal Point by Tim Penrod, Winter 2008

The system of care approach has taken hold in the field of children’s mental health recent years, causing many communities around the nation rethink and reorganize the vices and supports they offer children and their families. This shift is perhaps most obvious children with complex needs who might previously have been placed in residential treatment facilities or hospitals. The system of care approach focuses instead on developing care and support strategies that enable children to live in community settings and to participate fully in family and community life…(more)…

Kinship Kare of Northern Arizona by Tim Penrod, September 4, 2009

Raising kids these days is a rewarding challenge. As prices for everyday essentials continue to rise, so do long term costs like education. Then add quickly changing technology to the mix and it could start to scare off the best of us. Today poses some other interesting challenges as well, including the increasing number of children being diagnosed with a mental illness and the increasing trend of grandparents raising their grandchildren. With the rising frequency of both parents working, custody battles, and teenage pregnancy, grandparents often step in to help raise their grandchildren. In some instances, their grandchildren have been diagnosed with a mental illness which adds to the complications…(more)…

Differences between Child & Family Teams and Mediation Services by Tim Penrod, April 29, 2004

Being a facilitator of the Child and Family Team (CFT) process is not the same as being a mediator. Although some mediation skills are helpful for a CFT Facilitator, there are many key differences between traditional mediation services and the CFT process. The following chart explores some of these differences…(more)…

Family Voice in Social Service System Change by Tim Penrod, December 18, 2003

The following is a fictional story: James and Terri inherited $100,000 and decided to pursue their dream and open a restaurant in the Phoenix area that catered to the many winter visitors who were present during the beautiful Arizona fall and winter seasons. James and Terri had just relocated from Texas six months earlier, but they had been studying about what it takes to open and operate a restaurant for many years. In some ways $100,000 seemed like a lot of money to work with, while in other ways it did not seem like much at all. But one thing was clear: they wanted to make sure to make the best use of the money because they knew this was their one shot at making their restaurant dream a reality…(more)…

Top Ten Signs about Whether Your CFT is Family-Driven by Tim Penrod, December 6, 2003

Top Ten Signs Your CFT IS Family-Driven
10) The CFT meetings are all held at locations chosen by the family.
9) The child and family have hand-picked the members of their team and feel comfortable with each member.
8) The family has selected the goals of the team and the topics of discussion for each meeting. Other team members have input, but the family makes the decisions about goals and discussion items…(more)…

“Needy” Thinking: A Key to Successful Facilitation by Tim Penrod, November 21, 2003

Being needy is not often thought of as a positive trait, but in facilitation of Child and Family Teams, it is absolutely necessary. Of course, “needy” in this context does not refer to selfishness. Instead, it refers to operating from a frame of mind where everything is boiled down to underlying needs rather than services or solutions…(more)…


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