Kelly Rourke-Scarry Talks to KTAR About Recent Adoption Scandal in the Valley

Building Arizona Families is dedicated to the integrity of the adoption process and committed to the protection and best interests of every vulnerable child, birth mother, and loving adoptive family.  The recent news story about Maricopa County Assessor, Paul Peterson, and his alleged adoption fraud scheme should not cause adoptive parent’s uneasiness.  There are too many precious children that need loving forever families.  There are numerous criteria that families should make sure adoption agencies and adoption attorneys meet prior to entrusting them with their adoption journey.

As Arizona’s largest adoption agency, we have been serving families, birth mothers, and children from around the United States.  Our adoption agency undergoes annual scrutiny on numerous levels to retain our certifications.  We are a non-profit, state-licensed and internationally Hague accredited adoption agency. Building Arizona Families personally understands the adoption process, as many of our staff have been adopted or adopted children. We put caring for children, forever families, and birth mothers at the core of everything we do, providing them with the utmost compassion and professional excellence.

Kelly Rourke-Scarry, co-founder, President, and CEO of Building Arizona Families, understands the concerns raised by the recent Paul Petersen scandal. Kelly Rourke-Scarry joins KTAR to talk about the concerns and how adoptive parents can protect themselves in the adoption process. Listen to KTAR’s interview with Kelly below and read KTAR’s breaking news story of Paul Peterson HERE.


Visit Building Arizona Families HERE to learn more about our adoption services for both adoptive parents and birth parents. Birth mothers can learn more about assistance available throughout pregnancy and the support they receive every step of the way, HERE, and learn more about the foundation helping birthmothers after the adoptive process HERE. Building Arizona Families would love to hear from you and see how we can help you along your adoption journey!



Building Arizona Families is committed to the integrity of the adoption process.  This includes the protection of vulnerable children around the world, nurturing and caring for Arizona women experiencing crisis pregnancies, and walking beside hopeful adoptive families around the U.S. on their adoption journey.

We serve all involved with the deepest compassion and professional excellence.  Please read below and share with others about ways to prevent pregnant women, unborn children, and adoptive families from being taken advantage of in the most heartbreaking of ways – human trafficking.  We also recommend subscribing to the Birth Mother Matters podcast for further adoption education.


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Pregnant women from the Marshall Islands were treated like property. Often these women did not even have a bed to sleep on, and many were paid off on the day of birth to give their babies away.


Adoptive families were promised legal adoptions of babies from the Marshall Islands. Luckily, for the time being, it appears that Marshall Islands adoptions facilitated by Paul Petersen will not be overturned.

Let’s hope not. And then there is the baby.  If their mother had not been paid handsomely to give them away at birth, would they have been given up for adoption?


According to Kelly Rourke-Scarry, M.Ed., co-founder, President and CEO of Building Arizona Families, Arizona’s largest adoption agency, there are key criteria adoptive families should investigate before adopting.

The most important criteria for international adoption is Hague accreditation. 
In the United States, international adoptions should be processed through a Hague accredited adoption agency to prevent abduction, sale, and trafficking of children. This is a rigorous accreditation process to protect the integrity of the adoption process.

Arizona adoption agencies should also state licensed.  They should be transparent about all adoption costs.  Relationships between birth mothers and adoptive families should be mutually agreed upon.  An adoption caseworker should be present to ensure that the best interests of the baby are protected at all costs.


Kelly Rourke-Scarry was adopted.  She is passionate about making sure that adoptions are in the best interest of the three parties involved in an adoption.  Mrs. Rourke-Scarry is available for interviews to discuss best practices to protect birth mothers, newborn babies, and Arizona’s adoptive families.  Mrs. Rourke-Scarry also hosts a podcast called “Birth Mother Matters” to educate society regarding adoption issues.


Building Arizona Families is a non-profit, Arizona licensed, Hague accredited adoption agency serving Arizona families since 2004.  Building Arizona Families provides adoptive and birth families with professional adoption services and place children through domestic infant, interstate, and international adoption programs. Building Arizona Families is dedicated to breaking down the barriers and obstacles of adoption and helping every child to find their forever family.  Building Arizona Families can be reached at 623-694-9864 or 480-349-2885.

To schedule Mrs. Rourke-Scarry, click here or call 602-403-7575

Adopt Foster Children in Arizona This New Year

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The start of the New Year always holds so much hope.  It’s such a wonderful time of year. Families gather together to talk about their hopes and dreams. It is a magical time for children as they dream big dreams of anticipation.

What if as a child your reality is quite different? Your parents neglected you and even hurt you. Then you were taken away by strangers and now have to live with strangers? Worse, sometimes you have to move from place to place, living with different strangers every time, with only a plastic bag of clothes to call your own?

This is the reality for foster children. The start of a new year can be a very painful for these children who have suffered so much already. Did you know that there are over 12,000 foster children in Arizona alone, and that is just one state!

Every foster child who is not able to be safely reunited with their biological families deserves a safe, loving forever family. No child should grow up without a family or a place to call home.

Please Consider Adopting Foster Children in Arizona

Are you able to open your heart and home to a child during this New Year who has suffered more in his or her short lifetime than you or I can imagine? Unconditional love and a stable home environment is the cure for the broken hearts of foster children. The need for loving families to adopt Arizona foster children and foster children around the United States is great.

A Few Facts About Adopting Foster Children

When foster children are unable to be reunited with their biological families because of ongoing unsafe environments, the courts legally terminate parental rights. These Arizona foster children or foster children around the U.S. become legally available for adoption. Adopting a foster child is less expensive than private adoption, and families who adopt foster children are able to choose the foster child or foster children they want to adopt. Additionally, there is no requirement that people who want to adopt foster children must become licensed foster parents first.

Requirements to Adopt Foster Children in Arizona

If you live in the state of Arizona, Building Arizona Families is able to assist you in adopting foster children. The foster children can live anywhere in the United States, but the adoptive family should reside in Arizona. Our licensed adoption agency will walk through the process of adopting foster children, including basic requirements, matching your family with the foster child or children that is the best fit for your family, and moving you through the legal adoptive process for Arizona foster child adoption.

Download Our Free Info Kit on Adopting Foster Children

You can download our free info kit HERE. You can read more about requirements for adopting a foster child HERE, and costs for adopting a foster child HERE. You are invite you to 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 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.

Give the Gift That Changes the Future – Adopt Arizona Foster Children

T I S . T H E– season –  Adopt Arizona Foster Children

… that over 10,000 children in the Arizona foster care system are hoping and praying for safe, loving forever families. They want to celebrate Christmas like other children, and to know that they won’t have to move again, live with strangers, and be a child without the security of a home and family. You can change that. Just $25 helps us find forever families that will adopt Arizona foster children. 

This year, We Are Their Future has connected
Arizona families interested in adopting foster children with a licensed adoption agency! Help us find more families!
$25 helps us find one family!
Arizona families interested in adopting foster children with a licensed adoption agency! Help us find more families!
$25 helps us find one family!

These precious children deserve a future like other Arizona children.
Government does not make a good parent. We need families to
open their hearts and homes to adopt Arizona foster children.

Adopt Arizona foster children, they deserve safe, loving homes.

As 2018 comes to a close, we wish you a Merry Christmas and all of the wonderful blessings 2019 has to hold. We are grateful that you help change Arizona’s most vulnerable children’s lives, thank you!
Vickie Isaac, M.Ed, President & CEO


Urgent Need for American Adoptions of Foster Children

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The need for American adoptions of foster children is tremendous. In 2016, there were approximately 437,465 children in the U.S. foster care system. Of the over 400,000 children in the system, 23% or 100,617 children were adopted. The numbers are staggering. The year 2016 is the most recent data set available to review from the federal government. The need to adopt foster children in Arizona is also great. In fiscal year 2018, there were almost 14,000 in Arizona and just over 4,000 adoptions of foster children took place in the same year.

Arizona Child Adoption Processes

According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, the number of foster children leaving the foster care system to be adopted as opposed to being reunited with family is on the rise. For children who have been neglected and/or abused, reunification with family is not possible if the biological families are unable/unwilling to make the necessary changes for their children to be safe at home with their families. At the state level, the Arizona child adoption process stresses reunification with the biological family as the first priority. If it is deemed not safe for the child to return home after substantial effort/resources are employed to help the family, the Arizona Juvenile Court System legally severs the parental rights, and the foster children become available for adoption. For information on the Arizona child adoption processes, go HERE.

Adopt Foster Children Arizona

Building Arizona Families can help interested Arizona families to adopt a foster child from any state in the U.S. The Arizona child adoption process is less expensive than private adoption, and adoption of children whose parental rights are already severed can move along quickly, as the government recognizes the fact that children fare much better in families than in state care. For information on adoption fees and costs, go HERE.

Building Arizona Families Walks with Arizona Families for American Adoptions of Foster Children

Building Arizona Families helps Arizona families adopt foster children through our Forever Families U.S. Adoption Program. We walk with families through the Arizona child adoption process and American adoptions from any state in the nation. Whether the desire is to adopt foster children in Arizona or from around the country, Building Arizona Families has the experience and expertise to help.

As a licensed, non-profit adoption agency, we have been serving prospective adoptive families since 2004. You can read more about Building Arizona Families Forever Families U.S. Adoption Program HERE.  Please feel free to reach out to Ixcel Baca, program manager, to get more specifics about American adoptions of foster children. Please contact Ixcel Baca at 623-696-9537 or by e-mail HERE.


Adopt Foster Children in Arizona!

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Adopt foster children in Arizona! There are currently over 13,000 children who have been the victims of neglect and/or abuse currently in the Arizona foster care system. This number has remained fairly constant throughout 2018. The other number that remains fairly constant is the number of Arizona children who have had their parental rights severed as a result of their parents not making the necessary changes in behavior and lifestyle needed to keep their children safe and care for their basic needs. The number at any one time is over 3,000 children who can no longer return to their parents and are now, for all practical purposes, orphans living in Arizona.

What about the other children in the Arizona foster care system? They are in kept in state care, either in foster families or group homes, while their parents are given numerous opportunities and a tremendous amount of support to help them change their behavior in order to be reunited with their children. Many people ask about the foster to adopt AZ children process. We have observed that there is a great deal of misunderstanding about how the guidelines to adopt foster children in Arizona work. Many people believe that there is a requirement to foster to adopt AZ children.  In other words, they believe families must first become foster parents prior in order to become eligible to adopt foster children in Arizona.

It is Not Necessary to Foster to Adopt AZ Children

The good news is that there is a path to direct adoption of Arizona foster children. Families do not have to go through the foster care certification program. If a person meets the criteria to adopt foster children in Arizona, they can move forward to adopt one or more of the over 3,000 children available for adoption at any one time in the Arizona foster care system

Arizona Families Can Adopt Foster Children in Arizona and in Other States

Through the Forever Families program at Building Arizona Families, Arizona families can choose to adopt Arizona foster children or to adopt children from around the United States whose parental rights have been severed. Ixcel Baca, Program Manager for the Forever Families program, can answer any questions about how to adopt foster children in Arizona or foster children around the United States.

Thank you for considering opening your heart and home to the adoption of foster children. We would love for you to call Ixcel Baca at (623) 696-9537, or e-mail her HERE. She would be happy to set up a private meeting and answer any questions you have or personally take you through the online seminar. You can also find more information about the types of adoption, the child adoption process, and adoption costs on our website HERE.

We Are Their Future Chooses Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers as the Home for the Holidays Business Hero


We Are Their Future Announces Our Home for the Holiday Hero!

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We Are Their Future is pleased to announce that Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores has been chosen as our Holiday Hero in the business category!

Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores has stepped up in a BIG way to partner with We Are Their Future to help Arizona’s foster children have a fabulous holiday season! From sponsoring our Home for the Holidays kick off event with over 500 foster children, to donating thousands of dollars of Christmas lights/decor for group home children to participate in the Home for the Holidays light display at Winter WonderFest, we couldn’t have asked for a more caring business partnership. Enjoy the video from our kick off event at the Lucas Oil Dragboat Races World Finals. Please be sure to show Lowe’s some holiday shopping love, as they are demonstrating their commitment to Arizona’s most vulnerable children.

You can be a hero for Arizona’s vulnerable foster children.  Find out how you can change a foster child’s future at

Anthony's adoption story

God Gave Me the Perfect Adoptive Family

Anthony’s Adoptive Family Gave Him Hope & Future

Anthony was adopted at birth. He came home to his adoptive family at three weeks old. He is now a talented young man and extremely accomplished musician. Anthony tells us he is looking forward to a career in music. He believes his accomplishments are because God knew exactly the right family to put him in. When asked, Anthony says he has always known he was adopted. Because of his dad and mom, Anthony is so grateful for his family and the future they have given him.  We Are Their Future interviewed Anthony this past week and he shares a bit of his story.

Anthony Was “Plan A” for His Family

Anthony’s mom works at Building Arizona Families. She is the program manager for the Domestic Adoption program. Becky believes that adoption was her family’s Plan “A”, God’s perfect plan to build their family. She and her husband Steve say that their two adopted sons are just “their boys”. They couldn’t imagine loving them any more than do they now.

Anthony is one of thousands of children who have been given hope and a future through an adoptive family opening their hearts and homes.  Right now there are still thousands of Arizona foster children hoping and praying that someone will want to love them and give them a forever family.

Everyone can do something. 

Can you adopt an Arizona foster child?  Click HERE for more information about adoption. 

If you can’t, please help We Are Their Future find more families who can. 

It costs $25 to find a family that is interested in adoption. 

$50 helps us find two children families.  Can you help? 

Please be as generous as you can!  CLICK  to give.

Thank you for changing the future for Arizona’s most vulnerable foster children.

Arizona Helping Hands Partners with 12-year old in Tuba City!

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A heart-warming story and a press release that deserves publishing word for word!  We Are Their Future celebrates Chance Peterson, a twelve year old, as an everyday hero. changing other children’s lives.  Chance is partnering with Arizona Helping Hands to help Arizona foster children on the Navajo Nation reservation.   This is worth the read, and reprint!  And share!

Twelve year old boy partners with ARIZONA HELPING HANDS to help kids in Tuba City!

(Scottsdale, AZ) — 12 year old Chance Peterson has spent much of his youth in and out of Phoenix Children’s Hospital (“PCH”). Despite his young age, he has seen the needs of other children and has made the commitment to do what he can Arizona Helping Hands logoto make lives better for needy youth. On Saturday September 9th, Chance will partner with Arizona Helping Hands (“AHH”) to take truckloads of supplies and basic needs to assist children in foster care in Tuba City, Arizona.

Chance met a young girl at PCH who was a member of the Navajo Nation and in their foster care system. Through this contact he met Elsie Elthie, a caseworker from Tuba City and learned of the huge need for support for kids in northeastern Arizona. There are currently approximately 500 children in foster care spread over the reservation’s 27,000 square miles. Elsie’s caseload averages 65 children and spans 5,549 square miles in North Coconino County. Many of her families do not have running water or electricity, and their needs are extensive.

Chance decided he wanted to help Elsie, her families and other children on the reservation. Using his youthful initiative, he connected with local schools through which he collected unclaimed lost and found items. He has solicited other community support and gathered cases of water, plus toiletries, feminine hygiene products and more. On social media he connected with Dan Shufelt, President and CEO of AHH. Hearing of Chance’s dream to help the children on the reservation, Dan offered the use of the AHH box truck and much more. Arizona Helping Hands will be adding to Chance’s efforts by providing beds and cribs to children on the reservation. Backpacks filled with school supplies, diapers, toys, lunch bags, personal care items and other needs will also be loaded onto the AHH truck for the 4 hour drive to make a difference for so many boys and girls.

“Arizona Helping Hands is so proud to partner with a wonderful young man who is teaching us all the importance of caring for kids” says Dan Shufelt. “This effort will have a huge impact on needy children of the Navajo Nation.” Donations of feminine hygiene products, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, bar soap, baby care items, snacks, juices, granola bars and more are being solicited for this effort. Monetary donations are also welcome at


  • 9/8/17 at 10AM – Truck loading at Arizona Helping Hands, 7850 E Gelding Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
  • 9/9/17 at 5AM – Caravan to leave AHH for travel to Tuba City, AZ
  • 9/9/17 – 10AM to Noon MDT – Unloading at Louise Yellowman Park, North Main St, Tuba City, AZ

Arizona Helping Hands is the largest provider of basic needs to Arizona’s kids in foster care. For more information visit

Everyone can do something, and Chance Peterson is a powerful example of that!

What is True Religion? A Radio Interview with Vickie Isaac, Founder of We Are Their Future

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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!

Because of this overwhelming need, I founded We Are Their Future.  It is a citizen’s initiative to  meet the urgent needs of foster children who have been horribly neglected and abused. It’s why I am advocating for foster children, and why I believe everyone can and should do something to help them.

Please take a few moments to listen to the interview.  Here is the link:

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