Foster Families Receive Free Arizona State Park Passes for Holidays

December 19, 2018

PHOENIX – Every child enjoys exploring the outdoors. But for some children in foster care, accessing Arizona’s state parks is a distant thought.

Arizona State Parks and Trails would like to change that this holiday season by partnering with the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) to offer 300 free day-use park passes to foster families.

“There are so many amazing adventures in state parks throughout the state, and it’s our pleasure to help children in foster care have that chance,” said Ted Vogt, Arizona State Parks and Trails Interim Director.

The day passes will allow foster families admission to one of the more than 30 state parks across Arizona.

“Our foster parents are always seeking new family activities for children in foster care,” said DCS Director Greg McKay. “I can’t think of a better way for a foster family to strengthen their relationships than by going on a hike or having a picnic at one of our beautiful Arizona state parks. I am grateful for the kind gesture towards our foster families this holiday season.”

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