We Offer Foster Adoption Services for Forever Families in Arizona

We Are Their Future is always working diligently to help children around the country find a forever home full of love and security. Children living in foster care have experienced such heartbreak, abandonment, and sadness in their young lives. No child should have to feel what so many children experience every day when losing their family. Adoptive families have the amazing opportunity to change a child’s life forever by giving them the answer to their prayers – a forever home full of love, laughter, and life. Building Arizona Families offers a beautiful program for forever families adoption services called the Forever Families U.S. Adoption Program.

The Forever Families Adoption Services Available with Building Arizona Families Arizona Adoption Agency

Who is Eligible to Adopt Foster Children?

Our Forever Families U.S. Adoption Program is an incredible program for adoptive families who live in Arizona. Arizona families can adopt foster children in Arizona and throughout the United States who have been found legally eligible for adoption.

Building Arizona Families does direct adoption placements. This means that the adoptive family is not foster care certified but licensed to adopt through a home study; making these direct adoptions. To adopt foster children in Arizona or from around the country, the foster children come to live in your home. After approximately six months, your family legally adopts the children.

What is a Home Study?

Home studies are mandatory for every adoptive family in the United States, whether they are adopting a child domestically or internationally. Our home study reports satisfy the State of Arizona’s legal requirements as well as the requirements for domestic adoptions in other states, international adoptions, and all out-of-state adoption agencies coordinating child placements.

Our goal is to make the home study a positive experience and support you in becoming adoptive parents. We offer resource materialsand personal support. Learn more about building a home study HERE.

What is the Process of Adopting a Foster Child Through the Forever Families U.S. Adoption Program?

The necessary steps to adopt foster kids in Arizona or from around the country are similar and apply to Arizona families as follows:

– Choose the type of adoption

– Select an agency or facilitator

– Complete a home study

– Wait for a placement

– Finalize the adoption

If you feel called to open your heart and home to a foster child in need of a loving and forever home, please download our info kit HERE for more information about our forever families adoption services. We are thrilled to help families on their adoption journey and to find beautiful homes for children in need. Learn more about other adoption programs with Building Arizona Families, HERE.

Foster Children Are Just Children Wanting a Family to Love and Accept Them

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 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. Learn more about the Forever Families Program Building Arizona Families offers to adopt foster children HERE. You can change the life of a foster child forever! Learn more about how We Are Their Future supports foster children in Arizona and around the U.S., 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.

Over 275 Teens Exited Foster Care Without an Adoption in Arizona

In 2020, 276 teenagers in foster care never received the wonderful news that a forever family is adopting them and giving them a life full of love, hope, safety, and support. These children now have to experience life without a loving family by their side and a stable foundation for their future. Without a support system, little money, and sometimes even food and water, these 276 children face very tough times ahead of them. Adopting Arizona foster children can change the course of a child’s life forever. Young adults need proper guidance, care, and support to flourish into thriving adults. Sadly, the 276 young adults who aged out of the foster care system were not able to develop into adulthood with a forever family through an Arizona adoption. Will you partner with us to find loving and safe homes for foster teenagers in need?

Building Arizona Families understands how difficult life can be for foster children when they are not adopted by a family that can offer them love and hope. Foster children face a life of loneliness, sadness, and a longing need to feel loved. Every child deserves to feel joy and happiness with a family who loves and cares for them. Are you ready to open your heart and home to a deserving teenager in need for 2021? 2020 was hard enough for everyone, but we can make 2021 a great year for children in foster care with your help!

Providing Foster Children a Forever Home can Save Them from a Transient Lifestyle

When children are not adopted out of foster care and eventually age out of the system, these youths find themselves dealing with far more than they should ever have to endure. Teens aging out of the foster care system are much more likely to live a life of crime, drugs, poor living conditions, and without solid role models to follow. When people open their hearts and their homes and adopt Arizona Foster children, lives are greatly changed. Suddenly, a child who may have moved multiple times a year, been without friends or family in foster care, and wishing for a safe and loving home now has a solid foundation to grow. Learning from a responsible, caring, and loving adult can forever change a foster child’s life by teaching them something they may have never experienced before.

If you are considering Arizona adoption, please consider providing a well-needed home to a child waiting for their forever family in foster care. Building Arizona Families, our Arizona adoption agency, has a special program to help Arizona families adopt a foster child in Arizona or the United States. To learn more about our Forever Families Foster Adoption Program, please visit us HERE for more details.

Building Arizona Families Serves Children in Foster Care Through Arizona Adoption

We Are Their Future and Building Arizona Families invites you to consider adopting Arizona foster children. Right now, in the state of Arizona, over 2,800 children are legally free for adoption in foster care. These children’s parents had their rights severed and no longer can reunify with their families. Are you able to provide a loving and safe home for even just one of these children in foster care?

2,867 kids in foster care need our help to have a brighter and happier future! Contrary to what many people believe, you do not have to become foster certified before adopting Arizona foster children. We will help you walk through the direct adoption of children in the foster care system and support you every step of the way during your adoption journey. To begin your foster adoption journey or learn more about our foster adoption program, please 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. Learn more about the Forever Families program Building Arizona Families offers to adopt foster children HERE. You can change the life of a foster child forever!

Source –

https://dcs.az.gov/news-reports/dcs-reports

Keeping Siblings Together When You Adopt Foster Kids in Arizona 

Adopting foster kids in Arizona is an urgent matter.  These children have been the victims of child abuse and/or severe neglect.  When the issues that created the abuse have not been remedied and the children cannot safely be returned home, their biological parents’ rights are severed.  When this happens, these abused children enter the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety. They are placed in foster care – sometimes in emergency shelters, sometimes in foster homes, and sometimes in group homes, depending upon the situation and the availability.  They move an average of 4-5 times per year from foster home to foster home, ending any attachment with the foster parents, often changing schools, and sometimes living with other foster children who have suffered the same fate. This harsh reality creates uncertainty in academic success and the pain of loneliness and rejection that no child should have to bear.

If there is a tug on your heart for hurting foster children, please consider opening your heart and home to adopt foster kids in Arizona. Every child removed from his or her family deserves more out of life than the suffering they have endured and the insecurity and loneliness they are currently experiencing. Imagine the pain each one of these children experiences from the loss of their own family, separation from the only life they have known, and sometimes not even having the opportunity to see their siblings often. Building Arizona Families encourages any family who wants to change a hurting child’s life to adopt foster kids in Arizona and bring love, joy, and peace into a child’s life.

Adopting Sibling Groups From Foster Care Keeps Them Stronger Together

Whenever possible when adopting foster kids, keeping siblings together is very important for their physical and emotional health and development.  When a child is removed from their home for abuse and/or neglect, the trauma a child experiences is deep. To be split up from siblings and facing unknown circumstances alone is unbearable. The need is urgent, and the stories of families who are truly heroes are so heartwarming. One couple in Kansas wanted to make sure this wouldn’t happen to a sibling group so they adopted seven children and gave them a true family complete with their very own brothers and sisters!

Emerson, Autumn, Jaxon, Journey, Jace, Piper, and Sawyer grew up abused and neglected.  They were removed from their home and entered the Kansas foster care system. Lisa and Gary couldn’t bear the idea of them suffering further, so they offered a safe and loving home to all seven siblings. In 2019, wearing all matching sports jerseys, the children were legally adopted and became a forever family. Before the adoption, it took over a year to get all the siblings together in one home after being separated in foster care. Lisa, the adoptive mother, could not see these children lose each other after everything they had already suffered.

When foster kids are adopted in Arizona or around the United States, sadly it is difficult to keep siblings together. Megan Prothe, a licensed adoption permanency specialist, stated, “It can be challenging in adoption to keep siblings together, but to do so makes a profound difference for children.” And that is what Lisa and Gary did when making the selfless decision of opening their home to seven foster kids in great need. Now they can share their lives together with their new forever family.

Are you Ready to Adopt Foster Kids in Arizona? Can You Open Your Heart and Home to a Hurting Child or Sibling Group in Desperate Need of Love and Stability?

Building Arizona Families invites you to consider adopting foster kids in Arizona and around the United States.  Our licensed Arizona adoption agency serves Arizona families, and they are eligible to adopt a foster child from anywhere in the United States. Remember, contrary to what many people believe, you do not have to become foster parents before adopting 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. Learn more about We Are Their Future and helping foster children in Arizona and around the United States, please visit us HERE to learn more ways to help foster children.

If you are interested in adopting Arizona foster kids, or foster children from anywhere in the U.S., we can invite you to attend one of our informative adoption seminars. You can also reach out to Ixcel Baca, Program Coordinator, directly and ask any questions you might have about our licensed adoption agency in Arizona. Ixcel would love to hear from you! You can reach Ixcel at (623) 696-9537 or by e-mailing her at ixcelbaca@buildingarizonafamilies.com. Learn more about the Forever Families program Building Arizona Families offers to adopt foster children HERE. You can change the life of a foster child forever!

Source –

https://www.kxxv.com/news/national/couple-adopts-7-siblings-together-they-didnt-need-to-lose-each-other

https://dcs.az.gov/news-reports/dcs-reports

Adopt Foster Kids in Arizona Facing Aging Out During the Pandemic 

Aging out of the foster care system without ever being adopted is just heartbreaking. As the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted families willing to open their hearts and homes, the numbers are rising. When a teenager ages out of the foster care system, their chances of homelessness, drug use, pregnancy, and incarceration rise significantly. In the current pandemic, when these teenagers face the world alone, they face a massive drop in available jobs, an unsure education system, and assistance programs that are becoming inundated.  To protect them from facing the harsh realities of being alone in the world, we encourage Arizona families to adopt foster kids in Arizona and around the United States.

Teenagers in Foster Care are Facing Frightening Times Now More Than Ever

A teenager that is reaching the age of 18 begins to think of their life after foster care. Where will they live? Where will they get their next meal? How will they maintain a job? There is an endless list of questions that run through a teen’s mind when facing the end of foster care. But due to recent societal concerns, aging out of the foster care system has become an even more frightening experience.

Foster children in Arizona and around the United States face heart-breaking living conditions once they turn 18 and legally become an adult. Building Arizona Families, our local Arizona adoption agency, advocates for Arizona families to adopt foster kids in Arizona or anywhere around the United States to give a teenager the loving home and consistent relationships that they have hoped for. This is a chance Bianca Bennett would have been forever thankful for if she were given an opportunity to grow up with a forever family instead of aging out.

Bianca Bennett entered the foster care system in New York when she was only two years old. Bianca reentered foster care at the age of 13 and eventually aged out of the foster care system. Like many adults who age out of the system, Bianca spent months sleeping on different people’s couches. Because of the pandemic, Bianca now faced even more unusual times. She was able to move to Florida to attend college, but the coronavirus shut down caused her to no longer have a dorm to reside in. Bianca eventually had to move back to New York and does not know what her future looks like.

So many foster youths are facing these same unfortunate experiences as Bianca. One national poll found that 25% of foster youth at the critical aging out phase are experiencing food insecurity, 40% are being forced to move, and 33% only have enough money to cover living costs for a week or less. We can help these youths in foster care! Through our Forever Families U.S. Foster Adoption Program, we can assist Arizona families who want to adopt foster kids in Arizona or around the U.S. Building Arizona Families encourages any family who is wanting to grow to consider blessing a kid’s life forever and adopt foster teens. Learn more about the Forever Families U.S. Foster Adoption Program, HERE.

You Can Adopt Foster Kids in Arizona and Change Lives Forever

Building Arizona Families is a local, non-profit, Arizona adoption agency that is accredited and licensed. Arizona families can adopt foster children in Arizona and around the United States. Foster children are in desperate need of loving homes, now more than ever. Shortages of foster homes and a rise in the number of foster licenses not being renewed are causing foster children to live in emergency shelters, a place no child should ever have to live. Today about 14,000 foster kids in Arizona are waiting for a family to welcome them home and give them a fresh start. But less than 4,000 foster homes are waiting for them.

Building Arizona Families invites you to consider adopting a foster child in Arizona or anywhere else in the U.S. Remember, contrary to what many people believe, and you do not have to be licensed foster care providers before adopting Arizona foster children. 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. Learn more about the Forever Families program Building Arizona Families offers to adopt foster children HERE. You can change the life of a foster child forever!

Sources –

https://dcs.az.gov/news-reports/dcs-reports

https://www.thenation.com/article/society/what-happens-when-you-age-out-of-foster-care-during-a-global-pandemic/

The Need for Adopting Foster Kids in Arizona is Urgent!

Arizona State University recently studied the negative effects that living in foster care have on foster children and how adopting foster kids in Arizona can completely change a child’s life. Children in foster care offered their input on what is essential for children when living in foster care. One foster child shared:

“I guess I just don’t know where I’ll be when I turn 18 though or what I need to go do. I’m not like the other kids in school who know what they’re doing. I need more help.”

There is a lot to be learned about what foster children need.  Listening to children in foster care sheds light on how foster care negatively impacts them.  Children are in foster care through no fault of their own.  Foster children are removed from their biological homes as a result of abuse and/or neglect that endangers their well-being.  Innocent, abused children enter foster care with significant trauma.  Their social, emotional, and physical well-being are fragile. Adoptive families are urgently needed to support and love these children, to give them the stability and future that they need by adopting foster kids in Arizona or anywhere in the United States.

Adopting Arizona Foster Kids in Arizona Provides the Support and Stability Youths Need

Children in foster care long to be normal, to be like other children.  Here is a comment about the need for normalcy:

“Having something simple like the food I like to eat at home would go a long way. Not every kid likes the same stuff… It would be nice if I could have friends over to the house like other kids or go to the mall. I can’t even have a cell phone.”

Youth in foster care are acutely aware that they are “different”.  They don’t have the same support, privileges, or opportunities that most teenagers enjoy.  Teenage foster children can typically keep all of their worldly possessions in one suitcase and are often afraid that their meager belongings will be stolen by other foster children.  They give up on becoming attached to caregivers, as they move an average of 2-3 times per year.  The same is true of friends, as they often are forced to change schools, making academic success extremely difficult.

One foster child expressed the need for positive, loving support this way:

“I know I’m doing well when adults tell me I’m doing good. If I do something as simple as my chore, I need to hear, like, ’good job’ or when I bring my grades home, and I have good grades, ’good job.’”

It’s not just teenagers that need forever families, but many teenagers “age out” of the foster care system without ever being adopted.  They enter adulthood without the tools they need to succeed as adults. These vulnerable teenagers just want to be unconditionally loved and have the opportunity to succeed.  The need is urgent.  Please consider adopting foster kids in Arizona or from any other state in the US.

Contrary to what many people believe, you do not have to be a licensed foster care provider before adopting Arizona foster kids or foster children from other states. You must reside in Arizona to adopt foster children through Building Arizona Families. We are a licensed Arizona adoption agency that can help you adopt foster children from around the United States.

To adopt a foster child you do need to successfully complete a home study. Once you meet the general adoption requirements (find out more HERE) and a home study is successfully completed, you are eligible to adopt a foster child. Learn more about home study costs and process HERE.

The Forever Families U.S. Adoption Program at Building Arizona Families

The Forever Families U.S. Adoption Program is a life-changing program at Building Arizona Families that connects adoptive families to foster kids in Arizona and from around the U.S. Through a direct adoption placement, prospective adoptive families become able to adopt without becoming licensed to foster children first.  Building Arizona Families believes in transparency. Please visit our website to download the foster child adoption info kit HERE.

Building Arizona Families Has Been Helping Families Since 2004

Building Arizona Families would be honored to walk with you on your journey to adopt foster kids in Arizona and from around the U.S. As a non-profit, licensed Arizona adoption agency, we have been helping families adopt precious foster children since 2004.

Loving, forever families are urgently needed. Contact us so that you can help a foster child’s adoption dreams come true! 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 or 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. Download our foster child adoption info kit HERE.

Source –

https://childwellbeing.asu.edu/youthwellbeing

Now More Than Ever Adopt Foster Kids in Arizona – It’s Essential

The world can be hard enough for kids living in foster care who experience abandonment, loneliness, pain, and sadness. But imagine what happens when life is turned upside down for society, and foster children do not have a forever family to keep them safe and protected. When society faces issues like the current COVID-19 outbreak and quarantine, we ask adoptive families to adopt foster kids in Arizona – it is vital to their safety. Without forever families to love and care for foster kids, too many children may share common spaces and individual health may not be able to be prioritized. Will you consider the urgent need to adopt foster kids in Arizona to ensure that they have a safe, healthy, and loving family?

Nurture, Compassion, and Humor can Change a Foster Kid’s Life Forever

Adoptive parents will act in the best interest of their child, providing consistency and stability. Over 15,000 foster kids in Arizona alone need a safe and permanent home right now. Adopting foster kids in Arizona prevents vulnerable children from hopping from foster house to foster house, many moving 3-6 times a year, changing caregivers, schools, and friends.  The permanent protection of a new family is everything foster kids hope and pray for.

A home full of patience, nurturing, compassion, and humor can significantly change the world of a kid who grew up in foster care. For maybe the first time ever, they will experience feeling safe, being unconditionally loved, and being fully provided for. Building Arizona Families facilitates families’ adoption of foster kids in Arizona and from around the U.S.  The forever family must be Arizona residents who are willing to open their hearts and homes to provide a promising, bright future foster children didn’t think they would ever have. The statistics about foster children who are never adopted and age out of the system and move into adulthood alone are bleak.  A new family will provide the environment to build healthy relationships. Adding a fun sense of humor to family life also trains foster children to manage stressful times and appropriately express feelings, as well as learning to laugh and have fun together as children should.

Building Arizona Families is still working hard to provide forever homes for foster children in need of a permanent family. Visit us HERE to learn more about adopting foster kids in Arizona, and throughout the U.S., as well as other programs our local Arizona adoption agency offers. All children deserve to live a beautiful and happy life, and adopting foster kids in Arizona can provide them with the home they dream of.

Building Arizona Families Wants to Find as Many Forever Families to Adopt Foster Kids in Arizona

If you are an Arizona resident, Building Arizona Families invites you to consider adopting foster children in Arizona and from throughout the U.S who are hoping and praying for forever families. Remember, contrary to what many people believe, you do not have to be a foster family before adopting 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. Learn more about the Forever Families program Building Arizona Families offers to adopt foster children HERE. You can change the life of a foster child forever!

Sources –

https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/f_fospar.pdf

https://dcs.az.gov/national-foster-care-month-faqs