Direct Adoption of Arizona Foster Children

It IS possible to adopt directly from Arizona’s foster care system without the requirement of fostering first.  The short video  below from We Are Their Future ‘s founder and CEO, Vickie Isaac, provides some basic information about the direct adoption process in Arizona. For more information on direct adoption from Arizona’s foster care system, go to www.wearetheirfuture.org/adoption

Arizona Foster Children’s Everyday Hero – Meet Dan Shufelt of Arizona Helping Hands

Arizona’s foster children are better off because of Dan Shufelt, CEO of Arizona Helping Hands. Everyday heroes are people like you and I, who find a way to use their gifts and talents to help people in need.

Dan Shufelt faithfully serves Arizona’s foster children and families day in and day out, changing the quality of their lives.   From diapers and formula to cribs, mattresses,  children’s clothing, toys for foster children’s birthdays, and even fire extinguishers and smoke detectors – Dan oversees the process of helping Arizona’s foster families meet the needs of the vulnerable foster children that come into their care.  You can find out more about Dan Shufelt and the vital work of Arizona Helping Hands at www.arizonahelpinghands.org.

In the meantime, be sure to tell him thank you for his tireless work to change Arizona foster children and their families lives!

And remember, everyone can do something to help – foster, adopt, volunteer, and donate.  Find out how YOU can be an everyday hero for Arizona’s vulnerable foster children at www.wearetheirfuture.org/waystohelp

Arizona Foster Children Need YOUR Help Celebrating Their Birthdays

Arizona foster children and their families need YOUR help.

Please make birthday wishes for Arizona’s foster children come true! This is a practical need that truly reminds these children that they are loved and not forgotten. It also helps support the foster families who are sacrificially loving these precious, vulnerable children. Remember, #EveryoneCanDoSomething!

Here is what Arizona Helping Hands needs:

Arizona Helping Hands has provided BIRTHDAY DREAMS packages to 800+ kids already in 2017. The volume of requests is hard to keep up with!  They greatly need of items for kids who are celebrating their 1st, 2nd and 8th through 12th birthdays.

If you, a church group, club, school, company or other can help by holding a collection drive, please go to the We Are Their Future Ways to Help page and sign up for more info here: www.wearetheirfuture.org/waystohelp  At the bottom of the page you will find information about Arizona Helping Hands and a place to enter your info. We will connect you so that you can make a difference for the thousands of Arizona’s foster children who need to know we care.

Direct Adoption of Arizona Foster Children – No Fostering Required

Mother kissing her little adopted son

Did you know that you can adopt directly from the Arizona state foster care system without being required to foster first?  You absolutely can adopt directly, and are not required to be a licensed foster family first. We Are Their Future works with Building Arizona Families, the largest adoption agency in Arizona, and they specialize in direct adoptions.

If you would like information on the direct adoption of an Arizona foster child, go to www.wearetheirfuture.org/adoption.  Enter your contact info and we will immediately send you the basic requirements and process for direct adoption of Arizona foster children..

Raiden’s Story – The Missing Piece

WE ARE THEIR FUTURE – The Children Need Us Now.

 Progress Report #2  //  July 2017

Raiden Was The Missing Puzzle Piece of His Forever Family

Dear Friend,

Jessica was adopted at birth.  Her adopted mother told Jessica that she was born of her heart, not of her womb.  Jessica always knew she would adopt children who needed someone to love them.  When she found out she couldn’t have her own children, Jessica and Chris immediately began the adoption process.  That’s when they found Raiden, and welcomed him into their forever family as their missing piece.

 

Watch Rayden’s foster to adoption love story in

“The Missing Piece” video, Part 1 in the     

“Love Stories, The Journey from Foster to Forever” Series

There are thousands of Arizona children still waiting, hoping that they will become part of someone’s forever family.  It’s why we can’t stop – until there are no forgotten Arizona children who have no one to belong to and no place to call home.

I am so pleased to report great news to you – PLEASE keep reading about how foster children’s lives are being changed!

Continue Reading…

IN JUST 13 WEEKS,

160 FAMILIES HAVE SAID YES…

WE WANT TO ADOPT

A FOSTER CHILD!

=> Our average cost to find a potential adoptive family is $25.00 per lead.

PLEASE HELP US

FIND MORE FAMILIES! 

YOUR MOST GENEROUS TAX DEDUCTIBLE GIFT 

TODAY WILL CHANGE

FOSTER CHILDREN’S LIVES FOREVER.

IN JUST 13 WEEKS, 30 FAMILIES SAID, “YES – I’M INTERESTED

IN FOSTERING!”

=> These leads came in without ANY digital marketing.  They are a result of our live events, social media, and the effectiveness of our webite.  With YOUR financial help, we can do even MORE.

We urgently need funds to educate the public about the tremendous need for foster homes. 

        

For example, from April-Sept. 2016, the Arizona Department of Child Safety terminated 34 group home licenses, including seven for “child maltreatment,” 4 for neglect, and 13 over failed fingerprint-clearance cards.

EVERY CHILD DESERVES TO GROW UP

IN A SAFE FAMILY ENVIRONMENT,

NOT IN A GROUP HOME WITH

OTHER TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN. 

PLEASE HELP FUND OUTREACH TO FIND FOSTER FAMILIES FOR ARIZONA’S MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN. 

THE CHILDREN NEED US NOW!

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69 People said YES to volunteering! 

We immediately connected them with non-profits whose greatest need is volunteers to help get the work done!  Do you have a church or employee group that wants volunteer opportunities?  Can you spend some time helping to meet foster children’s practical needs? Everyone can do something to help!

 

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Watch Rayden’s foster to adoption story in

“The Missing Piece” video, Part 1 in the

“Love Stories, The Journey from Foster to Forever” Series

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  $25.00 HELPS US FIND ONE ADOPTIVE FAMILY. 

YOUR MOST GENEROUS TAX DEDUCTIBLE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION WILL HELP CHILDREN LIKE RAIDEN FIND A LOVING, FOREVER FAMILY.

CLICK to say YES, I’ll help find forever families for Arizona’s foster children.

Endorsements for the We Are Their Future

Dan Shufelt, CEO of Arizona Helping Hands – “We are the largest provider of basic need to kids in foster care in Arizona. We are proud to be a member of We Are Their Future. We believe it’s so important to work together to #StandUp and #makeadifference for the 17,000+ kids in Arizona’s foster system. By spreading the word and collaborating, we can all play a part in making lives better.

In the first six months of 2017 Arizona Helping Hands has provided. 1,350 beds and cribs, clothing, diapers and more to help boys and girls in foster care. Help us do more. Visit www.azhelpinghands.org today!

Angie Penrose – Co-Founder/Director of Building Arizona Families, Arizona’s largest non-profit adoption agency said, “We began to work with We Are Their Future a little over two months ago to promote adoption of foster children. The results have been impressive. They have an incredible knowledge of marketing that meets the unique needs of a non-profit organization. We have been provided numerous opportunities to connect with potential adoptive families through events and leads provided to us. Each contact represents the possibility of finding an adoptive home for a child in need!

We are thrilled, after 13 years of being in operation, to have finally found an organization to help us reach our goals of placing as many children as possible. Their commitment to our needs and the needs of the children is motivating and inspiring.”

We Are Their Future
Phone: 602.403.7575  //  E-mail: info@wearetheirfuture.org                    Connect with us!
Website:
www.wearetheirfuture.org

 

Love Stories – The Journey from Foster to Forever Families

Part 1: The Missing Piece

Raiden was a foster child hoping and praying someone would want to become his family. Chris and Jessica couldn’t have children themselves, and believed through adoption they could find the missing piece of their family. The Missing Piece is their family’s love story about the journey from foster to forever family.

Will You Help Us Find Forever Families for Foster Children Like Raiden?

$25 HELPS FIND ONE FOSTER OR FOREVER FAMILY

Please make your most generous,  tax deductible, secure contribution to help find loving, safe homes and forever families.

  #EveryoneCanDoSomething

 

Arizona Foster Children Suffer from PTSD

One in four foster children have PTSD

Foster children have been taken into protective custody by the Arizona Department of Child Safety because they  have been victims of neglect and or abuse. They are removed from their homes because it is not safe for them to stay there. Foster children have experienced the trauma of being harmed or neglected., then they experience the trauma of being taken from everything familiar,  and sometimes separated from their brothers and sisters. After the removal, they go to an emergency shelter, group home, or foster family unless family members outside of the home can care for them.   While safety is paramount, the removal is also traumatic,  so they experience compounded trauma.  It is understandable that 1 in 4 foster children are victims of PTSD.

These hurting children need to know that they are loved, that they are safe, and that they matter. Everyone can do something to help. Foster, adopt, volunteer, or donate. At We Are Their Future, we believe that every Arizona citizen can be a part of changing their lives and their futures.  Find out how YOU can help at www.wearetheirfuture.org/waystohelp

Helping Arizona Foster Children Can Be Fun!

event to support non-profit organizations helping Arizona foster children

Arizona foster children will benefit from a family friendly event where proceeds from raffles are donated to non-profit organizations, and admission revenue benefits Kurt & Brenda Warner’s non-profit – Treasure House.

Please join We Are Their Future THIS SATURDAY for a day of family fun!  Enter to win OUR raffle prizes – a gift of Faith, Hope, and Love that includes a leather bound, 50 lb. 1611 King James Bible replica printed on cotton sheeting just as the original Bible was – a value of $1,000 with a raffle ticket price of $5.00! Or our “Around Town” basket of goodies including gift cards to restaurants, massage, D-backs tickets – a basket of summer FUN!!!

Plus come visit our booth, and shoot some hoops to win great prizes and help us  find forever families for Arizona’s vulnerable foster children! See you there!! Click here for ticket info: www.westvalleygivesaz.com

504 Arizona Foster Children Left Foster Care Without EVER Finding a Family

504 foster children left foster care without a family

Arizona children deserve families, and should NEVER leave foster care ALONE in the world.  EVERYONE can do something to help. Foster, Adopt, Volunteer, or Donate.  Click to change children’s lives today and their futures tomorrow. www.wearetheirfuture.org

Arizona Foster Children Benefit from West Valley Gives Event

Come hang out with us as we share the needs of Arizona’s foster children with Valley residents ! We Are Their Future, Building Arizona Families, Arizona Helping Hands, and Hope High School Online will have booths at the upcoming West Valley Gives Rally and Treasure Walk event at the Cardinals Stadium!The event is lots of fun, AND a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the organizations that are working hard to change at risk Arizona foster children’s lives.  Remember, everyone can do something – foster, adopt, volunteer, and donate.  It’s up to us to provide hope and a bright future!

There will be great raffle prizes including kids bicycles, an autographed Kurt Warner football or helmet, autographed Cardinal’s jerseys from Tyrann Mathieu and David Johnson, restaurant gift cards, massages, etc. Not to mention that Kurt and Brenda Warner will be speaking, there will be live entertainment, face painting and games!

A great event that benefits Treasure House and other Valley non-profits including We Are Their Future! Don’t miss it. Tell your friends and get your tickets. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.westvalleygivesaz.com/