Adopting Foster Children in Arizona Fills the Missing Piece in Families 

The holidays can be a very difficult time of year for children in foster care.  They long to be part of a stable forever family and a safe, loving home. There are thousands of children hoping and praying someone will love them forever and give them a place to belong.  There are over 13,000 foster children in Arizona alone and approximately 500,000 nationwide. Adopting foster children in Arizona gives them a home to celebrate birthdays, learn how to ride a bike, and have a chance to hope for a future they want.

Jessica and Chris Filled the Missing Piece in Their Family by Adopting a Foster Child in Arizona

Jessica and Chris are Arizonans who were able to change the life of a foster child forever. You can watch them share their adoption journey on our Youtube Channel, HERE. In the video, Jessica shares that she was adopted at birth. Her mother would always tell her she was not born in her womb, but her heart. Jessica knew one day she wanted to bless the life of a child in need and give them a forever family. After Jessica and Chris learned they were not able to conceive a child, they immediately knew adoption was the way they would fill the missing piece in their family. And that missing piece was Raiden.

“Raiden was an answer to our prayers. We couldn’t have asked for a better blessing,” gushed Chris. Chris also shares that times may not have always been easy, but they were fortunate enough to have Building Arizona Families walking them through the adoption process. Raiden was living in the foster care system in Texas, and Building Arizona Families was able to connect Chris, Jessica, and Raiden and provide the support and guidance needed while adopting Raiden.

Building Arizona Families Helps Connect Forever Families

No matter the adoption journey, whether it’s an Arizona family adopting Arizona foster children or foster children anywhere in the US, adoption is always beautiful! Raiden was the missing piece in Jessica and Chris’s life, and now he has his very own forever family. But there are still thousands of foster children in Arizona and around the U.S. waiting to meet their forever family. Find out how you can help at We Are Their Future, HERE.

Building Arizona Families believes every child deserves to grow up in a forever family. Will you be the answer to a child’s hopeful prayer? Contact Building Arizona Families today, and we can help you begin to build your new family. We will help you walk through the direct adoption of children in the foster care system without the need to adopt first. 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.

Protecting Foster Children with American Adoptions

Children and teens in foster care can get caught in a heartbreaking cycle of instability and loneliness. Moving from place to place an average of 3-4 times per year, sometimes with their earthly belongings carried in a plastic garbage bag, and growing increasingly emotionally shut down without stable, permanent relationships.  As foster children move from foster home to foster home, they usually have to move from school to school, increasing the likelihood of negative outcomes.

Thousands of children across the country experience the negative impacts of foster care if loving families don’t intervene through an American adoption of foster children. Over 13,000 children are living in foster care in Arizona right now. Children come into the foster care system as a result of being abused and/or neglected. Children in foster care whose parental rights are severed are truly orphans here in the United States. They need the opportunity to have a positive, loving family and a bright future like other American children. Building Arizona Families helps forever families open their arms to foster children in desperate need of loving and stable homes.

All Children in Foster Care Deserve a Loving, Stable, and Fruitful Life

Our recent adoption blog described the ways Building Arizona Families protects families and children during their adoption journey, read more HERE. Imagine a life living in roughly 28 different places by the time you were only 16 years old. Foster children move an average of at least three per year, and many begin this cycle by the time they are only five years old. Sadly, the injustices children in foster care have to endure is all too common. With too few permanent homes available and family connections typically severed, too many children in foster care face the unfortunate reality of aging out of the system at the age of 18. At that point, the list of risks significantly increase.

Instead of allowing these American children to languish year after year in foster care, we can help! Families or single applicants in Arizona can determine their eligibility for an American adoption and give a vulnerable foster child the life they deserve. At Building Arizona Families, we help single applicants, couples, or families change the future of foster children with our Forever Families U.S adoption program. Every child needs love in their heart and deserves parents who care about their well-being throughout their life. Adopting foster children through an American adoption at Building Arizona Families truly saves a child’s life from further harm and provides the bright future they deserve.

Building Arizona Families Serves Children in Foster Care Through American Adoptions

We Are Their Future invites you to consider adopting an American foster child. Remember, contrary to what many people believe, you do not have to be a foster parent first to adopt American foster children. We will help you walk through the direct adoption of children in the U.S. foster care system. Download the Building Arizona Families 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!

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https://www.childrensrights.org/our-kids/who-were-fighting-for/

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

Adopting Arizona Foster Children Will Give Them a Summer to Remember 

Summer is here! Children and teens all over Arizona are beating the heat with fun pool parties, enjoying their time off school with friends, and making new memories on family summer vacations. Sadly, there are thousands of children and teens unable to enjoy these special moments during their summer vacation. Adopting Arizona foster children can change a child’s life forever and give them a summer to remember!

Summer Vacation Doesn’t Always Bring Fun and Relaxation for Arizona Foster Children

Kids of all ages count down the days until summer vacation begins and they get to enjoy the fun, adventure, and memories it brings. Too many children, however, are not able to enjoy these summer months like their peers because they are living in foster homes. Arizona foster children are frequently being moved, changing schools, and unable to partake in summer getaways without approval from a caseworker. Enjoying summer camps, music lessons, sports, and vacations are just dreamed about for many foster children. Giving a foster child a forever family can begin cherished childhood traditions they only dream about and will bring their life joy and remarkable moments that will forever be a blessing.

Finding Happiness, Love, and Traditions with a Forever Family

Never knowing where you are going to live or what family will be caring for you is the life Arizona foster children face. If they are fortunate enough to find their forever family, they can begin a life of happiness and love. A foster child’s life changes from lonely and colorless to happy and purposeful when they find their forever family. A permanent home, family traditions, and freedom is what children all over the country wish for every day, and you can help these children by adopting Arizona foster children!

Did your family have a yearly summer vacation you excitedly waited for? Were there traditions that you still remember to this day or have continued? So many families enjoy these moments together, embracing the love and family around them. Many foster children will never experience anything like this in their lifetime. Almost 20,000 teens exited foster care last year without ever finding a family and were thrown into adulthood. These children now face a life of homelessness, mental illness, and high rates of addiction because they do not have a family and are in this world alone.

Blessing a child with beautiful traditions and precious family time creates a world unlike anything they’ve known before, and they can create new ones with you! Every child deserves to feel special and cared for. With open hearts and open arms, we can save these children from the life they are living and provide the future they deserve through adoption.

Building Arizona Families Helps Arizona Families Adopt Arizona Foster Children from All Over the U.S.

Building Arizona Families, a local licensed adoption agency, invites Arizona families to consider adopting a foster child. Remember, contrary to what many people believe, you do not have to foster to adopt Arizona foster children. 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, visit We Are Their Future to find out more, 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.

It is our responsibility to save the lives of thousands of children in foster care, and we can do this with the adopt Arizona foster children program at Building Arizona families, find out more HERE.

Sources –

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/afcarsreport25.pdf

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. 

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Arizona families interested in adopting foster children with a licensed adoption agency! Help us find more families!
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Arizona families interested in adopting foster children with a licensed adoption agency! Help us find more families!
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THANK YOU – FOR CHANGING ARIZONA FOSTER CHILDREN’S LIVES –
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
WE ARE THEIR FUTURE

WE ARE THEIR FUTURE IS AN IRS REGISTERED 501(C) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION. YOUR GENEROUS GIFT TO CHANGE ARIZONA FOSTER CHILDREN’S LIVES IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

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Challenging Misinformation About Arizona Foster Child Adoption Process

There is a lot of information out there about the Arizona foster child adoption process. Some of the information is accurate, and some of it is inaccurate. Building Arizona Families is a licensed Arizona adoption agency that has been specializing in helping Arizona families adopt foster children for over 10 years, with many of the staff having adopted children or been adopted themselves. Because we have a personal connection to the child adoption process, we are passionate about making sure that complete, accurate information is available to families who are interested in adoption. One common misperception is that families must foster to adopt AZ foster children. This is absolutely not accurate. To adopt a foster child, the child adoption process in Arizona does not include the requirement to become foster care certified first. Families can be certified to adopt and move directly though the foster child adoption process without involvement in foster care.

Arizona Foster Child Adoption Process

The foster child adoption process includes choosing a licensed adoption agency that is a match for your family’s needs and has your best interests at heart. An application will then be required. Once reviewed and accepted, the next step is a home study, which evaluates the environment the child will be raised in to meet state requirements. There is a selection process to identify the foster children you believe are a match for your family. Once those foster child adoption selection parameters are agreed upon, you will wait to be selected and for a placement. The child or children will come to live in your home for approximately six months, and if the placement is a match, your family can proceed to legal adoption.

Foster Child Adoption Costs

One of the benefits of adopting a foster child is that the adoption cost is much lower than other types of adoption. One specific adoption cost is the fee for a home study through a licensed adoption agency. You can read more about the Arizona foster child adoption process and costs HERE. Additionally, there are adoption financial assistance resources available. You can read more about those resources HERE.

Building Arizona Families is passionate about the opportunity to help the process move from foster to adopt AZ children and children from around the US. Adoptive families must reside in Arizona to be eligible for the Forever Families program, but foster children from around the US are eligible.

A True Building Arizona Families Foster Child Adoption Process – From Foster to Forever!

Jessica knew about adoption — she was adopted at birth.  Her adoptive 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 Jessica and Chris found out they couldn’t conceive, they immediately began the process of finding a child who needed to be loved. That is when they found Raiden and welcomed him into their forever family.  Raiden was the missing piece of their forever family. Watch a short clip of their story HERE.

You can read more about Building Arizona Families Forever Families US Adoption Program HERE.  Please feel free to reach out to the program manager to get more specifics about adopting foster children or the foster to adopt AZ process, please contact Ixcel Baca at 623-696-9537 or by e-mail HERE.

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Questions About the Foster Child Adoption Process?

Right now there are almost 14,000 children in Arizona’s foster care system. That is the number for just one state. In Arizona right now, there are almost 3,500 Arizona foster children whose parental rights have been severed and are immediately eligible for adoption. Again, this is the number for just one state. It is estimated that there are over 400,000 American children in foster care. Of those over 400,000 children, approximately one-fourth will have their parental rights severed as a result of unremedied abuse and/or neglect. There is an urgent need for loving forever families for these precious children who have already suffered so much and who have entered the foster care system through no fault of their own. If you live in Arizona and are interested in the foster child adoption process, you can legally bypass the foster to adopt AZ kids process, and adopt directly from the State of Arizona. Building Arizona Families would love to give you the information you need.

Many families interested in adopting from foster care believe that foster to adopt AZ regulations require prospective adoptive parents to become foster parents prior to adoption of a foster child. This is not the case – there is NO foster to adopt AZ regulation that requires fostering first. It is possible to directly adopt Arizona foster children whose parental rights have already been severed fairly quickly, as the children are currently living in foster or group homes without a permanent place to live. Building Arizona Families can also help you search for foster children outside of Arizona. As long as you are an Arizona resident, we can help you with the foster child adoption process.

Many families who want to adopt Arizona foster children ask about the foster child adoption cost as well as the home study cost which is included in the adoption process. Building Arizona Families has information about these questions on our website HERE.   We also offer onsite seminars to discuss how to adopt Arizona foster children, details about the foster child adoption process, and the costs involved including home study cost.

Thank you for considering opening your heart and home to the adoption of foster children. We would love for you to call Building Arizona Families, an Arizona licensed adoption agency specializing in helping families adopt Arizona foster children.  Call Ixcel Baca, Program Manager at (623) 696-9537, or e-mail her.  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 cost on their website HERE.

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Thousands of Arizona Foster Children Are Hoping for Forever Families

There are thousands of foster children in Arizona whose parental rights have been severed. This means that these precious children are legally available for adoption. Additionally, Arizona families interested in helping vulnerable Arizona foster children who have already suffered so much can consider the foster to adopt AZ children process. The foster to adopt AZ children process is not required, however, and foster children whose parental rights have been severed are available for direct adoption.

Adopting foster children is a wonderful way to grow a forever family for many reasons. First and foremost, these precious children deserve to be safe, loved, and have a bright future. No child in America should grow up in foster care – children flourish in families. Secondly, adoption from foster care is often faster and far less expensive than private adoption. And of course the best reason, is that it will change your family and the child’s life forever!

Building Arizona Families specializes in helping Arizona families adopt foster children through our Forever Families U.S. Adoption Program. As a licensed adoption agency, we have been serving prospective adoptive families since 2004. We are located in Phoenix, AZ but are able to provide adoptive services of foster children from every state, not just Arizona. The adoptive family must be located in Arizona, but the child is not required to be a foster child in Arizona.

For more information about adopting Arizona foster children, read more HERE.  You can read more about Building Arizona Families Forever Families U.S. Adoption Program HERE. Please feel free to reach out to the program manager to get more specifics about adopting Arizona foster children or the foster to adopt AZ process.  Please contact Ixcel Baca directly  at 623-696-9537 or by e-mail HERE.

Share a Christmas Message of Hope with A Foster Child!

Arizona Foster children wishing for a Home for the HolidaysWrite an Encouraging Christmas Message to an Arizona Foster Child

We Are Their Future will be delivering Christmas gifts to Arizona foster children living in group homes on Saturday, Dec. 23rd. We would love to include an encouraging message from you in their gifts. These precious children are hoping and praying for forever families.  Every Arizona foster child needs to know that they are not forgotten, and that people do truly care about them. Leave your message in the Comment section below. We will print the messages and include them with their gifts.

Donate to Help Find Forever Families for Arizona Foster Children

Please also consider a tax deductible donation to change a precious foster child’s future. This year so far we have found over EIGHT HUNDRED FAMILIES interested in adoption. But the need is great, and just $25 helps us find one family. CLICK HERE to GIVE

Thank you and God bless you for helping to change a foster child’s Christmas and their future!

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

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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 www.wearetheirfuture.org