For over 40 years, Aviva Children’s Services has worked to fulfill its mission to improve the quality of life for children who are victims of neglect, abuse and poverty and are in the care of Arizona’s Department of Child Safety (DCS). Aviva responds to the needs of children in foster care by providing programs and resources to enhance their self-esteem and well-being as well as supplying necessity items such as clothing, shoes, blankets and personal care items.

Aviva Children’s Services was founded in 1978 by a group of concerned citizens who came together to address shortfalls in Arizona’s foster care system when they were highlighted by a series of articles in a local newspaper. This group decided there were things that they could do to help, and they began to provide services and resources to foster families. Since that time, Aviva has tried to meet the unfulfilled needs of foster families and step into the gaps wherever possible to support them. Over the years Aviva has provided an array of both formal and informal supports to children and families involved in the foster care system. These services have included a tutoring program for children, a supervised visitation program, a parent training program, a parent peer support program, a specialized visitation program for mothers and newborns and a community resource center for kinship and foster families.

In July of 2019 Aviva became a wholly owned subsidiary of Easterseals Blake Foundation.  Together, Easterseals Blake Foundation and Aviva Children’s Services will develop a Center of Excellence for children involved with or at high risk for involvement with the Foster/Kinship care system. The Aviva Center will be a preferred provider of system partners such as Department of Child Safety, State Foster Care Health Plans, school systems, law enforcement and families along the continuum of risk, removal and reunification. For more information about Easterseals Blake Foundation please visit easterseals.com/blakefoundation


Leadership

Board of Directors
Eric Meyers, Enterprise Fleet Management

James Maina, Main Street Executive and Employee Benefits

Greg Leiner, Assured Partners of Arizona

Brian Connelly, Long Realty Company

Jason Smith

 

Staff Leadership
Steve Guthrie
Chief Executive Officer 

Laura Morales
Chief Operating Officer

Marissa Arendt
Chief Financial Officer

Megan Wills
Chief Community Programs Officer

Dina Scalone
Chief Philanthropy Officer

Dr. Carly Zies
Chief Clinical Officer

Cristina Greenberg
Community Programs Manager

 

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