The Arizona Children’s Association is hosting the AzCA Open Golf Tournament at Tucson El Conquistador Golf Course on April 1 to support families and children in southern Arizona.

Breakfast and check-in is at 7:30 a.m. and check-out is at 8:00 a.m. at the course, 10555 N. La Canada Drive.

The non-profit organization will raise funds to help families facing challenges related to foster care, adoption, trauma and crisis support, kinship services, services for young adults, parent education services, family preservation and reunification, and behavioral health therapy programs for

children.

Although ACA was founded in Tucson more than a century ago, the nonprofit now supports approximately 40,000 children and families approximately one year across Arizona’s 15 counties.

ACA’s mission is to “Protect Children, Empower Youth and Strengthen Families”.

That mission statement will come to life this Friday at the golf tournament, according to ACA’s Director of Development, Ashley Barbara.

“We’re really excited about the tournament because we want to provide awareness and support,” she said. “We want people to know what we do at ACA so they can help get involved, help donate, eventually become foster parents

themselves.”

Money raised from the tournament will support ACA’s Southern Arizona Emergency Fund, which helps struggling children and families with expenses such as food, hygiene items, aid for electricity and other utility bills, transportation to therapy sessions, and other basic needs.

ACA strives to give every child and every family the support they need to be strong and resilient, according to Barbara.

“Every child in Arizona deserves a safe and loving environment to grow up in,” Barbara said.

With over 14,000 foster children and 4,500 licensed foster homes, ACA’s services are in high demand.

Lerner & Rowe is the title sponsor of this year’s event, along with other corporate sponsors including Mutual America and Lovitt & Touché.

To find out more about the golf tournament, fill out the form at arizonaschildren.org/azcaopen.