Building Arizona Families Encourages Us to Adopt Foster Children

Children enter foster care through no fault of their own because of abuse and/or neglect. They need your help! Building Arizona Families is privileged to help Arizona families seeking to adopt foster children throughout the United States. Our mission is to find adoptive homes for as many children in foster care as we possibly can. Loving forever families provide a beautiful life for a child in need through adopting foster children. Every child needs a home full of love, warmth, and support. Blessing a vulnerable foster child with a  safe home and loving family can inspire others to do the same.

Each year, over 20,000 children in foster care age out of the system without a permanent family. After leaving foster care at 18 years old, these children continue to face abuse and neglect in their lives. Families are stepping up and changing some of these children’s lives every day, and we need more families just like them to adopt foster children and give them a brighter future full of love and opportunity.

Building Arizona Families is Changing Lives

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There are many beautiful adoption stories Building Arizona Families can share. Arizona families are brought closer together by choosing to open their lives to adopt foster children. Jessica and Chris were one of these families to step up for a foster child desperately wishing for a safe, loving forever family. They welcomed Raiden lovingly into their home and gave him the security and identity of a loving family that he had never known before. This selfless decision changed the course of Raiden’s life. He will grow up secure in the love of family, which will launch him into a bright future.  Watch Raiden’s story HERE.

Children in the foster care system are just children – they haven’t done anything wrong.  They desperately want love, acceptance, and to be treated like they matter. They don’t want to move from place to place with their belongings in a garbage bag.  They don’t want to have to keep switching schools.  They want bicycles, pets, and to get to go to a ball game or the movies.  They want to be treated like children who have families that love them. With close to 500,000 children still in foster care in the United States, the need is urgent. Building Arizona Families wants to find as many of these children forever homes before they age out and no longer have the chance.

Foster Children Are Just Children Wanting Love and Acceptance

Almost half a million children are waiting 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 HERE. You can change the life of a foster child forever!

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.

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.

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https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/afcarsreport24.pdf

How To Save A Child’s Life During National Child Abuse Prevention Month

There are thousands of Arizona children in desperate need of love and support. Through no fault of their own, they have experienced heartbreaking abuse and/or neglect. No child should ever have to endure the pain and sadness of being abused by the person who is supposed to love and care for them. Foster to adopt in AZ gives these children a chance at life and a forever family to love them always.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month raises public awareness during April to increase the efforts and resources necessary to protect children from abuse. Awareness regarding how to help protect and nurture vulnerable children in our own communities can truly save a child’s life.

Why They Need Heroes Now

In January 2019, it was reported that over 14,500 children are in the Arizona foster care system. The majority of these children are victims of gross negligence, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or trafficking. Sadly, this maltreatment usually occurs through the hand of someone they know. Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse can cause severe pain, delayed development, and significant behavioral issues.

Once these abused and/or neglected children are taken into state care, it does not mean their troubles are over. In 2017, it was reported that at the national level, 75% of children in foster care are neglected, 18% are physically abused, and 7% are sexually abused.

This is horrific and does not even take into consideration that the average foster child will move from where they live 4-5 times, and change schools at least once a year. It is no wonder that they are more at risk for teen pregnancy, homelessness, PTSD, and poor educational outcomes.

This is happening in our neighborhoods, right now. It’s why children in Arizona need you now. They need heroes to save them from the bleak outcomes they can expect if they stay in the foster care system. Foster children all over Arizona and from around the country are hoping for a loving and caring adult to rescue them and welcome them into a forever family.

How To Be The Answer to A Foster Child’s Prayer

Children who experience abuse and/or neglect need support and love from a caring adult that understands the consequences of their trauma. A child needs to feel safe and needs to feel supported in expressing and managing their intense emotions. Traumatic events can cause a child not to have the ability to cope and have appropriate physical and emotional responses. By helping them, or providing the help they need, children can begin to heal, to develop loving, trusting relationships, and to experience bright futures.

No Need to Foster to Adopt AZ Foster Children

Every Arizona citizen can help make sure every child can grow up in a healthy and stable environment. Building Arizona Families does direct adoption placements for Arizona families. The adoptive family does not need to be foster care certified. Instead, the adoptive family is certified to adopt through a home study. A child, from Arizona or from around the country, can come to live in your home and after six months your family can legally adopt.

Adopting a child out of the foster care system is less expensive than private adoption. The adoption process also moves more quickly.

Can You Be the Answer to a Foster Child’s Prayer?

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. We will help you walk through the direct adoption of children in the foster care system.

You will be blessed by having a precious child to love, and you will change the life of a foster child forever. If you would like more information on the foster child adoption process, 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 foster to adopt in AZ program at Building Arizona families, find out more HERE.

 

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. (2019, April). Retrieved from https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=205&sectionid=1&articleid=5301

Arizona’s Foster Children. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.arizonansforchildren.org/page/arizonas-foster-children

National Child Abuse Prevention Month Strong and Thriving Families 2019. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/resources/resource-guide/
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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.

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 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.

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

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… 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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THANK YOU – FOR CHANGING ARIZONA FOSTER CHILDREN’S LIVES –
These precious children deserve a future like other Arizona children.
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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
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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.

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.

Sources: https://www.childwelfare.gov, https://dcs.az.gov/

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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.

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.

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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.