March, 2020

Arizona Children's Association

Knows It's Fun to do Good!

Protecting Children | Empowering Youth | Strengthening Families

Founded in 1912, we are one of the oldest and largest statewide comprehensive child welfare and behavioral health not-for-profit agencies in Arizona. Located in all 15 Arizona counties, we provide a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of more than 40,000 children, youth and families each year.

We were originally founded in Tucson in 1912 as Arizona Children’s Home to care for homeless, neglected and dependent children. To meet the changing needs of children, we developed services that extended far beyond the residential program in Tucson and eventually changed our name to Arizona’s Children Association.


We are Arizona’s best resource for helping children and families. Our programs target the type of future we all want to see: a future where every child has a safe and loving home and families are supported through difficult and trying circumstances. It is our commitment to provide a specifically tailored continuum of services to children and families in need. All programs are family focused, strength-based, culturally sensitive and outcome driven.


The Emily Center at Phoenix Children's Hospital

Knows It's Fun to do Good!

Founded in 1990, The Emily Center is named after Emily Anderson. Emily fought a rare form of leukemia for four years, before losing her battle a few days before her 7th birthday. Frustrated by the lack of easy-to-understand information about Emily's illness, her parents founded The Emily Center so families with sick children could always have access to accurate, easy to understand and free health information.

The Emily Center is open to the public. In it you will find:

• Highly skilled nurses to conduct individualized research for families and professionals.
• Thousands of books, videotapes, CD-ROMs, pamphlets and recent articles on children's health, in both English and Spanish.
• Resources on all children's health issues as common as bedwetting or as rare as Rett syndrome.
• Computers to access online medical information from the nation's most reliable sources of pediatric health information.
• Lists of local, national and online support groups.
• A section for kids: Children can learn about their own health issues or about an illness of a sibling, friend or parent.

You can also access our catalog of materials at At the top of the homepage, type your search term in the search box and select how you would like to search for the item (Keyword, Title, Author, etc.) from the drop-down menu. Click on the box "Search Options," click "Location" and select "Emily Center." Next, click "Submit Search w/ Options."

And thanks to Phoenix Public Library's inter-library loan department, public libraries throughout Arizona can borrow Emily Center materials for you.