Adopt Foster Children in Arizona to Start a Momentous School Year

The start of the new school year is here, and many kids are excitedly starting this new adventure. Shopping for new school clothes and supplies, meeting new friends, and learning new things is what most kids are thinking about at the beginning of the school year. Unfortunately, every year there are foster children scared of a new start, maybe wearing old clothes or not prepared with supplies. Every child deserves to enjoy these milestone moments.  Adopting foster children in Arizona can provide the stability, security, and loving support needed to be successful in school.

Children Shouldn’t Start the School Year Off Scared and Alone

The first day of school can make any child nervous. Imagine showing up on the first day of school without the love and support from a parent or the security of a stable home. Foster children change homes/schools on average one to two times per year, losing on average 4-6 months of academic progress each time.  When they move foster homes, they often carry all of their worldly possessions in a plastic garbage bag. They have already faced negativity, loneliness, abuse and/or neglect. Without a loving and supportive home, foster children are not prepared for school, causing them to struggle considerably. This is why it is so important for our communities to step up and adopt Arizona foster children. A forever home changes a foster child’s entire life, providing a stable foundation for a flourishing future.

Students Can Flourish When Adopted Into a Stable and Supportive Forever Home

Statistics illustrate a correlation between the length of time a child remains in foster care and how far behind they fall in school.  Kids in foster care are twice as likely to develop learning disabilities and six times more likely to have behavioral problems. Adopting foster children provides the safe home, loving and supportive family, and stability children need to succeed academically. These environmental benefits allow a child adopted from foster care the opportunity to flourish and exceed their expectations for their life.

For kids living in group homes, starting a new school year without new supplies, good clothes, or a forever family adds so much stress and anxiety to their young lives. A foster child’s future path is limited to what is available to them. When a family decides to adopt foster children, they are blessing a child with the opportunity to have success and love.

Building Arizona Families Encourages Us to Change a Child’s Life Forever and Adopt Foster Children in Arizona

Almost half a million children nationwide are in the foster care system.  Thousands of foster children hope and pray every day for someone to adopt them and change the life they are living. Will you be the one to change their story and adopt foster children? Learn more about the Forever Families program Building Arizona Families offers to adopt foster children in Arizona and from around the U.S. HERE. You can change the life of a foster child forever!

Contrary to what many people believe, you do not have to foster to adopt foster children. We will help you walk through the direct adoption of children in the foster care system. Download our foster child adoption info kit HERE.

We also invite you to attend one of our informative adoption seminars. You can reach out to Ixcel Baca, Program Coordinator, directly and ask any questions you might have. Ixcel would love to hear from you! You can reach Ixcel at (623) 696-9537 or by e-mailing her at ixcelbaca@buildingarizonafamilies.com.

Sources:

https://ifstudies.org/blog/the-adoptive-difference-new-evidence-on-how-adopted-children-perform-in-school

https://www.centerforhealthjournalism.org/2016/10/19/first-time-data-describe-toll-foster-care-takes-childrens-health

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Celebrity Advocates Bring Attention on Foster to Adopt in AZ

What was the last thing you saw a celebrity advocate for in the media? There are many organizations, charities, and awareness movements that celebrities support. Foster care may have not previously had the attention it deserved, but recently, celebrities are taking a stand for children in foster care. The decline of foster families in Arizona is creating bed shortages for kids and teens. There is more to the story, however. These children deserve more than a foster family; they deserve a loving forever family and a healthy and happy home. Many people are unaware that the foster to adopt Arizona children process is unnecessary. Arizona’s foster children whose parental rights are severed can be directly adopted without the need to be a licensed foster family first. Hopefully, with celebrity awareness and the education around the cause, more foster kids can begin to find solace with a loving family in a forever home.

Raising Awareness in The Media Can Begin To Change Foster Kid’s Lives

The media can be very influential and raise awareness for important topics, like the hardships foster kids experience in the foster care system. Organizations are launching educational campaigns to find forever homes for children and to bring to light the harsh realities of what happens when a foster child ages out of the system without ever being adopted. Research illustrates that these children are at a much greater risk for homelessness, incarceration, drug abuse, mental illness and unemployment.

Ellen DeGeneres, a talk show host, recently brought awareness to the challenges of foster care and adopting foster children. Several families were featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about their journeys of adopting foster kids. They spoke of the beauty of their adoptions and encouraged other families to provide a safe and healthy forever home for children who have already suffered so much.

Celebrities That Struggled In Foster Care Now Advocate For Foster Kids

Celebrities come from all walks of life and many have struggled through the foster care system, just like the 13,400 foster kids in the Arizona foster care system today. Actors and athletes are raising awareness about the need for adoption for foster kids of all ages. Alex Smith, Kurt Warner, Tony Goldwin, and Ellen DeGeneres are some of the actors and athletes lending their voices to the cause. Dorian Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans wide receiver, has opened up about his experience aging out of the foster care system. He speaks of the struggles of growing up without support and love and how he was not ready to face the world alone at the age of 18. The testaments from former foster kids can show how crucial adoption is for vulnerable children. Fostering children is a wonderful gift to a child and many foster families move from foster to adopt AZ children. However it is not necessary – children can be adopted without fostering them first through the home study process. Adoption is beautiful – it transforms a frightened, lonely child into a secure, loving family member.

Building Arizona Families Encourages Families To Adopt Foster Children

Building Arizona Families invites you to consider adopting a foster child. Remember, contrary to what many people believe, you do not have to foster to adopt AZ foster children. Also,if you live in Arizona, you can adopt a foster child from any state in the U.S. We will help you walk through the direct adoption of children in the foster care system. If you would like more information on the foster child adoption process, find out more HERE.

We also invite you to attend an informative adoption seminars. You can reach out to Ixcel Baca, Program Coordinator, directly and ask any questions you might have. Ixcel would love to hear from you! You can reach Ixcel at (623) 696-9537 or by e-mailing her at ixcelbaca@buildingarizonafamilies.com.

As good citizens and neighbors, let’s work together to transform the lives of hundreds thousands of vulnerable children in foster care. Download a free info kit to find out more about adopting a vulnerable child in foster care HERE.

Sources:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-child-welfare/2019/07/02/arizona-foster-care-system-unusual-shortage-beds-little-kids/1590149001/

http://www.arizonansforchildren.org/page/arizonas-foster-children

https://www.kvc.org/blog/actors-athletes-raise-awareness-of-youth-aging-out-of-foster-care

Interested in Adopting a Foster Child? Here’s Arizona Child Adoption Process Info

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If you live in Arizona and are considering adoption, there is some important information you should know about the Arizona child adoption process. Families residing in Arizona are eligible to adopt foster children in Arizona, as well as any other state in the U.S. At any given time in Arizona, there are at least 3,000 children whose parental rights have been severed who are immediately available for adoption. And that is just Arizona! There are foster children of all ages and races, as well as sibling groups and teenagers that are harder to find forever families for. You can search through a national database of foster children who are hoping and praying for forever families HERE.

You Can Foster to Adopt AZ Children But You Don’t Have To!

Many families who want to adopt foster children in Arizona think that they must become licensed foster care families before adopting a foster child. This is not true, and foster children whose parental rights have been severed can be directly adopted. The foster to adopt AZ children process can be helpful from an educational perspective, but fostering a child does not necessarily ensure that you will be able to adopt that child.

Most Cost Effective Program is to Adopt Foster Children in Arizona & Other States

If the costs of adoption are a concern, you will be pleased to know that adopting a foster child is the least expensive type of adoption in the United States. Building Arizona Families’ foster child adoption program is called the Forever Families U.S. Adoption Program. To be eligible to adopt foster children through Building Arizona Families, a family must reside in the state of Arizona. Arizona residents are eligible to adopt foster children in Arizona or any other state in the U.S. The Forever Families U.S. Adoption Program fee is only $3,500. There is an additional $1,100 cost for the home study required by the state of Arizona to certify that the home environment is a safe one. For more information about the Arizona child adoption process including children available, the adoption fee schedule, and time frames, go HERE.

Qualifications Required for the Successful Arizona Child Adoption Process

You might be surprised to know that you don’t have to be married or own your own home to adopt a foster child in Arizona. You must be 21 years of age or older, be morally fit, be physically and mentally healthy, be financially stable, and pass a background test including no court action regarding previous child abuse. Other states may vary in their individual requirements. Please download our complimentary information kit HERE.

Begin the Process to Adopt Foster Children in Arizona

The foster to adopt AZ process is different than the direct adoption of foster children. In either case, however, the State of Arizona requires families to pass a home study that certifies the home environment as a safe one. Do remember that you are not required to foster to adopt AZ foster children – it is your personal preference. The Arizona Department of Child Safety contracts with individual licensing agencies, of which Building Arizona Families is a provider. Go HERE to find out more about the home study process.

Building Arizona Families would be honored to walk with you on your adoption journey. As a non-profit, licensed Arizona adoption agency, we have been helping families with the Arizona child adoption process as well as around the country since 2004. Please contact us so that we can help your adoption dreams come true! You can reach out to Ixcel Baca, Program Manager for the Forever Families foster child adoption program at Building Arizona Families by phone at 623-696-9537 and by e-mail at ixcelbaca@buildingarizonafamilies.com. Building Arizona Families also offers free adoption information seminars in Phoenix, as well as online. Be sure to reach out to Ixcel for seminar dates and times.