Like thousands of families across the United States, Steve and Becky could not have biological children. They always knew they wanted to be parents. It was a natural decision for them to choose to adopt foster kids to build their forever family.
Steve and Becky adopted two sons. They brought each child home as a newborn. In our brief interview, they share that the adoption process was much easier than they expected. Steve and Becky simply can’t imagine loving biological children any more than they love each of their adopted sons.
There are many reasons that adoption is the perfect solution for a family who are unable to have children biologically. Each adopted child is blessed to know the love and security of a family. Adopted children have a bright future that otherwise would not be possible. The adoptive family is changed forever by the love of a precious child.
Just as there are many reasons to adopt, there are different types of adoption. Every family is different as well. Some families want to adopt a baby. Others prefer an older child. And some choose to adopt more than one child to keep siblings together. Regardless of what type of adoption, precious foster children’s lives change forever. In addition, adoptive families are blessed by the expansion of love in their home.
For more information on direct adoption of children from foster care including qualifications and processes, CLICK HERE.
I’ve been to Africa, I’ve served in orphanages, and held children languishing with AIDS. It’s a life altering experience. I wrestled with coming back to the U.S., knowing how desperate the children are in Africa. Then I learned about the heartbreaking realities of child abuse and neglect in America. In a recent radio interview with Tom Brown’s on FaithTalk 1360, I shared some of what I have learned.
I learned that in Arizona alone, a child is abused every TWO minutes. And that there are almost 17,000 foster children in just the Arizona state foster care system. Of the almost 17,000 children, about two-thirds of them will eventually have their parental rights severed. There are over 3,000 foster children RIGHT NOW who are ORPHANS in Arizona alone – right here in our own backyard. And as much as I love oversees missions work, I can no longer ignore the fact that we have a mandate to care for these vulnerable children. As a matter of fact, the Bible describes true religion as taking care of orphans in distress – “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” James 1:27. Believe me, these children are in distress!
I firmly believe that once everyday people like you and I find out about how many foster and adoptive children there are, they will step up and help. These children have been horrifically neglected and abused. They need to be safe, loved, and grow up in forever families. Everyone can do something to help – foster, adopt, volunteer, and donate. It costs We Are Their Future only $25 to find a family interested in fostering or adopting. Compare that to the cost to care for a child in a group home – about $4,000 per month! Can you spare $25? If so, CLICK HERE to help find a forever family for an orphaned foster child.
I urge you to look at the ways of getting involved, and embrace the challenge to be a part of changing the future for these children. We cannot sit idly by and believe government can parent these children. It takes homes, families… it takes US. CLICK HERE to look at ways YOU can change a vulnerable foster child’s future. Thank you, and please share this information – because if EVERYONE DOES SOMETHING, we can change the future for foster children.
Standing to change children’s future,
Vickie Isaac, M.Ed.
Founder/CEO, We Are Their Future
We Are Their Future founder and President/CEO Vickie Isaac was interviewed on Valley Focus this past Sunday. Valley Focus, a Sunday morning feature of Hubbard Broadcasting on five radio stations in the Phoenix metro area. Conversation focused on the urgent needs for Arizona foster children. Every day Arizonans were encouraged to get involved in helping the almost 17,000 vulnerable children in Arizona’s state foster care system.
Host Valerie More graciously invited Vickie and Ixcel Baca, Program Coordinator for Building Arizona Families to join her on air. Valerie told her audience that helping Arizona’s foster children is the greatest need she has highlighted in her years of hosting Valley Focus. Arizona Helping Hands, Inc was highlighted as a wonderful way Arizonans help foster children.
Heartbreaking facts about Arizona foster children were discussed. There are almost 3,000 vulnerable children who live in group homes with other Arizona foster children. Over 5,000 abused or neglected children entered foster care in the past six months reporting period. There are thousands of Arizona foster children whose parental rights have been severed, leaving them orphaned. When children are removed from their homes, their meager belongings are hastily thrown into a garbage bag. These are just a few of the heartbreaking facts. There are many more…
We Are Their Future encourages everyone to do something – foster, adopt, volunteer, or donate. We cannot sit idly by, assuming that government should be raising these children. These vulnerable Arizona foster children need to know they are safe, loved, have a family to belong to, and a future they can hope for. Please take some time to listen to the interview. Please choose a way to help Arizona’s foster children. Everyone can do something!