CarePortal adds technology to Arizona Helping Hands endeavor

The 501(c)3 nonprofit Arizona Helping Hands has delivered more than 15,000 beds to children within the Arizona foster home system. (Submitted photo)

CarePortal, an initiative of The Global Orphan Project, is now partnering with Arizona Helping Hands to meet basic needs of children in Maricopa County.

Together, the two organizations will support children in foster or kinship care placements, while also helping other children remain with their biological families, according to a press release.

Arizona Helping Hands is dedicated to serving the approximately 17,000 kids connected to the Arizona child welfare system, the release states.

Providing beds, cribs, clothing, diapers, back-to-school items, birthday gifts and other items, they work to make life more comfortable for children in the wake of trauma.

Dan Shufelt (Arizona Helping Hands)

Dan Shufelt

“This new partnership with CarePortal is an opportunity to expand our services to help families who are on the fringe of the foster care system. It’s our hope that by lending our helping hands, we can give a hand up to moms and dads and help keep additional children out of Arizona’s foster system,” said Dan Shufelt, president and CEO of Arizona Helping Hands, in a prepared statement.

CarePortal is an expanding national initiative that uses technology to connect children impacted by the child welfare system with local churches who want to help, the release states.

Since CarePortal’s Arizona launch in December 2015, an increasing number of Maricopa County churches have enrolled to respond to the real-time needs of children and families in their own neighborhoods. Nationally, more than 14,000 children have been served in 13 states since CarePortal originated in March 2015, the release states.

The partnership ignited as a response to the high volume of twin beds requested by The Arizona Department of Child Safety through CarePortal.

DCS continues to be the primary referring agency partnering with CarePortal statewide; however, this collaboration with Arizona Helping Hands marks the first non-government referring agency able to submit requests for families through CarePortal, the release states.

Arizona Helping Hands will provide 3,000 beds and cribs to children in 2017 and has offered to assist CarePortal in fulfilling bed-related requests from families in the months to come.

“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Arizona Helping Hands and other incredible agencies in Maricopa County who share the same heart for vulnerable children in our community. CarePortal exists to support local churches, and through this technology, it has never been easier for the Church to respond to needs of families in their area,” said CarePortal Regional Manager Jenica McMaster in the release.

Churches interested in joining the CarePortal community in serving Arizona’s vulnerable children can start that process at

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