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!

Source:

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

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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.

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.

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Steve and Becky Chose to Adopt Foster Kids to Build Their Forever Family

Steve and Becky Chose to Adopt Kids to Build Their Forever Family

Like thousands of families across the United States, Steve and Becky could not have biological children. They always knew they wanted to be parents. It was a natural decision for them to choose to adopt foster kids to build their forever family.

Steve and Becky adopted two sons.  They brought each child home as a newborn. In our brief interview, they share that the adoption process was much easier than they expected. Steve and Becky simply can’t imagine loving biological children any more than they love each of their adopted sons.

There Are Many Reasons to Adopt Foster Kids

There are many reasons that adoption is the perfect solution adopt foster kidsfor a family who are unable to have children biologically. Each adopted child is blessed to know the love and security of a family.  Adopted children have a bright future that otherwise would not be possible. The adoptive family is changed forever by the love of a precious child.

Just as there are many reasons to adopt, there are different types of adoption. Every family is different as well. Some families want to adopt a baby. Others prefer an older child.  And some choose to adopt more than one child to keep siblings together.  Regardless of what type of adoption, precious foster children’s lives change forever. In addition, adoptive families are blessed by the expansion of love in their home.

For more information on direct adoption of children from foster care including qualifications and processes, CLICK HERE.

 

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:  https://soundcloud.com/koinonia-radio/vickie-isaac-foster-care

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

Vickie Isaac, CEO of We Are Their Future Interview on Valley Focus Radio

We Are Their Future Founder Vickie Isaac

We Are Their Future founder and President/CEO Vickie Isaac was interviewed on Valley Focus this past Sunday. Valley Focus,  a Sunday morning feature of Hubbard Broadcasting  on five radio stations in the Phoenix metro area. Conversation focused on the urgent needs for Arizona foster children.  Every day Arizonans were encouraged to get involved in helping the almost 17,000 vulnerable children in Arizona’s state foster care system.

Host Valerie More graciously invited Vickie and Ixcel Baca, Program Coordinator for Building Arizona Families to join her on air.   Valerie told her audience that helping Arizona’s foster children is the greatest need she has highlighted in her years of hosting  Valley Focus.  Arizona Helping Hands, Inc​ was highlighted as a wonderful way Arizonans help foster children.

Heartbreaking facts about Arizona foster children were discussed.   There are almost 3,000 vulnerable children who live in group homes with other Arizona foster children.   Over 5,000 abused or neglected children entered foster care in the past six months reporting period.  There are thousands of Arizona foster children whose parental rights have been severed, leaving them orphaned.  When children are removed from their homes, their meager belongings are hastily thrown into a garbage bag.  These are just a few of the heartbreaking facts.  There are many more…

We Are Their Future encourages everyone to do something – foster, adopt, volunteer, or donate.  We cannot sit idly by, assuming that government should be raising these children.  These vulnerable Arizona foster children need to know they are safe, loved, have a family to belong to, and a future they can hope for.  Please take some time to listen to the interview.   Please choose a way to help Arizona’s foster children.   Everyone can do something!

Direct Adoption of Arizona Foster Children

It IS possible to adopt directly from Arizona’s foster care system without the requirement of fostering first.  The short video  below from We Are Their Future ‘s founder and CEO, Vickie Isaac, provides some basic information about the direct adoption process in Arizona. For more information on direct adoption from Arizona’s foster care system, go to www.wearetheirfuture.org/adoption

Direct Adoption of Arizona Foster Children – No Fostering Required

Mother kissing her little adopted son

Did you know that you can adopt directly from the Arizona state foster care system without being required to foster first?  You absolutely can adopt directly, and are not required to be a licensed foster family first. We Are Their Future works with Building Arizona Families, the largest adoption agency in Arizona, and they specialize in direct adoptions.

If you would like information on the direct adoption of an Arizona foster child, go to www.wearetheirfuture.org/adoption.  Enter your contact info and we will immediately send you the basic requirements and process for direct adoption of Arizona foster children..