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.

Adopt Arizona Foster Children Directly from Foster Care

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ADOPT ARIZONA FOSTER CHILDREN THROUGH THE BUILDING ARIZONA FAMILIES FOREVER FAMILIES U.S. PROGRAM

As an accredited adoption agency, one of our goals is to help people adopt Arizona foster children.  We believe every child should grow up in a loving family. Building Arizona Families connects Arizona foster children who are hoping and praying for forever families with loving Arizona families who are hoping and praying for children of their own!

THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF ARIZONA FOSTER CHILDREN WAITING TO BE LOVED IN FOREVER FAMILIES

Did you know that right now in there are thousands of Arizona foster children  whose parental rights have been severed?  This means you can directly adopt Arizona foster children  without the need to become a foster parent first. These precious children need loving families right now. The longer they remain in foster care, the greater risk there is of negative impacts like PTSD, poor academic outcomes, and poor self esteem to name a few. The average foster child moves homes two to three times per year, and every child deserves a safe, stable home environment to thrive in.

DIRECT ADOPTION FROM FOSTER CARE PROVIDES CHOICE TO PROSPECTIVE PARENTS

One of the benefits for those who choose to adopt Arizona foster children  whose parental rights are already severed is that adoptive families are able to choose the gender, age, and ethnicity of the child(ren) they adopt. Adoptive families can also choose sibling groups as well.

ADOPTION OF FOSTER CHILDREN IS LESS EXPENSIVE THAN OTHER TYPES OF ADOPTION

Adopting directly from foster care is also substantially less expensive than private adoption. The state of Arizona covers some of the adoption costs involved because foster children are in the custody of the state for care.

GET MORE ADOPTION INFORMATION

Get Our Free Info Kit
We invite you to download our complimentary information kit about direct adoption from foster care. It provides basic information about the adoption process, qualifications, costs, and requirements of adopting foster children in Arizona. Please CLICK HERE to download.

REGISTER FOR UPCOMING ADOPTION SEMINAR

Building Arizona Families invites you to attend an upcoming adoption seminar. Our seminars are free of charge and answer many of the questions about the adoption process, qualifications, costs, and requirements of adopting foster children in Arizona. Please CLICK HERE to RSVP.

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

We Are Their Future Hosted Over 500 Arizona Foster Children at Home for the Holidays Kickoff

We Are Their Future foster child celebrationWe Are Their Future hosted over 500 foster children from Arizona group homes this past Saturday at our “Home for the Holidays” kickoff celebration! These precious Arizona foster children were treated to a day at the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races World Finals, lunch, and visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Tim and Ben from KNIX Radio MC’d the inspirational program, and 5 time world champion drag boat racer Tony Scarlata held a private autograph signing session for them. Games, prizes, and snacks rounded off the full day of fun, intended to remind the kids that they are loved, prayed for, and that Arizonans are working hard to give them the bright future they deserve.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were moved to tears as one foster child told them that what she wanted for Christmas was a forever family.  Arizona foster children whose parental rights have been severed are available for direct adoption from Arizona foster care, without being required to foster first.  For more information about adopting an Arizona foster child, go here: www.wearetheirfuture.org/adoption

Sponsors committed to changing the future of Arizona foster children include Lucas Oil, Sardella’s Pizza, Lowe’s Home Improvements, Wild Horse Pass Casino, Blue Media, the Pride Group, and SanTan Ford.  Thank you, sponsors, for your commitment to changing the future for Arizona foster children!

Join the citizens and businesses who recognize that these precious Arizona foster children deserve a future like every other child in Arizona.  It will take all of us working together – can you help? Right now we are prospective finding adoptive families for only $25 – please consider donating to help us spread the word about the need for forever families for Arizona’s foster children.  To donate, go to www.wearetheirfuture.org/donate. Everyone can do something to help – foster, adopt, volunteer, and donate. Go to www.wearetheirfuture.org to be a part of changing these precious children’s futures.

Over 500 Arizona Foster Children Celebrate Home for the Holidays

 

 

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Contact: Vickie Isaac, M.Ed.
President/CEO
602-403-7575
vickie@wearetheirfuture.org

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Celebrate Home for the Holidays Kick-Off at

Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing World Championships

PHOENIX (Oct. 26, 2017) – We Are Their Future is pleased to announce the Home for the Holidays campaign kick off on November 4, 2017 at the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing World Finals, held at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. The Home for the Holidays kick-off event is a celebration day for Arizona’s foster children that reside in group homes.

On November 4th, over 500 foster children will be treated to a day at the races courtesy of Lucas Oil. The goal for the day is encouragement and inspiration, to remind them that they are loved and not forgotten – that Arizonans are working to insure that they have a family and a bright future. The goal for the Home for the Holidays campaign is to spotlight the need of these precious Arizona foster children, reminding Arizonans that in our own backyard are orphans, hoping and praying someone will open their heart and home to invite them to be a part of a forever family.

The celebration festivities includes a visit from World Champion Drag Boat Racer Tony Scarlata, tours of the racing pits, complimentary lunch, Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Workshop, games, and gifts. It also includes a brief inspirational program. Guest speakers include:

  • The Gavazzo family, who have selflessly fostered and adopted vulnerable children with special needs and horrific backgrounds of abuse. Chris and Tiffany believe that the powerful love of a family brings healing to wounded, broken children. Their message will be a compelling one of love and encouragement.
  • Maria Hinderleider, who entered the foster care system at 6 mos. of age, and aged out at 18 years old. Maria graduated high school at sixteen, earned a master’s degree, married, had children, and enjoys a successful career. Maria’s potent message will challenge the children to choose success, refusing to be defined by their circumstance.
  • Racing legend and current World Champion drag boat racer Tony Scarlata, who holds back-to-back racing titles. Tony is truly a champion but has suffered setbacks, including a serious crash in Australia. His powerful appeal will be to value hard work, persistence, and embracing the necessity of overcoming failures in order to triumph.

The two month Home for the Holidays campaign is tightly focused on finding adoptive families. We Are Their Future believes this is the most critical component to changing the future for Arizona’s foster children. A multitude of data illustrates the grim fact that the longer a child remains in the foster care system, the less likely his future outcomes will be positive.  Statistics also illustrate the heartbreaking fact that last year over 1,000 children in Arizona’s foster care system aged out without ever being adopted, and that numbers are trending to be at the same level for children aging out without families this year. High profile educational campaigns include participation in large scale events such as the NASCAR CAN-AM, commercials from influential Arizonans, and a robust public relations campaign.  The goal for this campaign is to find over 2,000 forever families – half of the number of children in foster care with severed parental rights.

More information on the Home for the Holidays campaign is available at: www.getkidshomefortheholidays.org.

Additional information on adopting, fostering, volunteering, and donating is available at:  www.wearetheirfuture.org.

Please contact Vickie Isaac, M.Ed to schedule Interviews, reserve press passes, and Home for the Holidays Celebration Day schedule.  vickie@wearetheirfuture.org    602.403.7575 cell

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ABOUT WE ARE THEIR FUTURE:

We Are Their Future is a registered 501(c)(3) organization founded by Vickie Isaac, CEO/President of We Are Their Future, dedicated to helping Arizona foster children find forever familiesVickie Isaac, M.Ed. As the former Director of Communications at the Arizona Department of Child Safety, Mrs. Isaac believes that government should not be parenting children. She is convinced that if Arizona citizens were well informed about the plight of Arizona’s foster children, they would certainly step forward to help. As a result, We Are Their Future educates and engages citizens to meet the urgent needs of foster children. Citizen engagement includes adopting, fostering, volunteering, and donating to change the future of Arizona’s most vulnerable children. Since inception in April 2017, We Are Their Future has recruited over 600 Arizona families interested in adoption and fostering, and over 150 individuals interested in volunteering to help Arizona foster children.

We must find loving families to give precious Arizona foster children

the future they deserve.

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Phone: 602.403.7575  //  E-mail: info@wearetheirfuture.org                   

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