With approximately 117,000 kids awaiting adoption in the U.S. foster care system, it is always a good time to bring awareness to the need for loving forever families to open their hearts and homes and change the lives of these vulnerable children and teens.This month is National Foster Care Month, and the theme is “Strengthening Minds.Uplifting Families.”This year’s theme aims to educate the public about taking a holistic approach to the mental and behavioral health of U.S. foster children.
After being traumatized by experiencing abuse and neglect, kids awaiting adoption face additional, unintended consequences while in the foster care system.Foster children and teens move an average of three times a year, preventing the opportunity to build consistent, loving relationships with caregivers.Moving often means changing schools, so they lose the support of caring teachers, the joy of friendships, and an estimated six months of academic progress for every school disruption.With so much loss, it is understandable that up to 80% of children in foster care have significant mental health issues compared to approx. 18-22% of their peers (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2019).
Undoubtedly, children and youth in foster care urgently need their mental health needs prioritized, including access to the necessary healthcare and addressing the need for stable, loving relationships.For kids awaiting adoption in foster care, relational permanency is crucial to healing.At Building Arizona Families, we believe one of the most important components for healing from complex trauma is a loving, stable family and safe home providing the sense of family, belonging, and identity that foster children and youth urgently need.
Building Arizona Families offers convenient, informative online seminars if you live in Arizona and are interested in discovering more about U.S. kids awaiting adoption.You can find the most current schedule and RSVP on our Facebook page HERE or reach out directly to Ixcel Baca, Forever Families program manager, for information. Call Ixcel at (623) 696-9537 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find additional foster child adoption information HERE.
Thank you for considering opening your heart and home to a foster child who urgently needs the love and healing that your safe and loving home provides. We look forward to serving you on your adoption journey!
I am so happy to report to you the difference that compassionate people like you are making in orphans’ lives! I hope you enjoy the spotlight on “T” in the Changed Children section. (Do keep in mind that in many instances, we don’t share the child’s name or actual photo to protect the confidentiality of the child for their protection.) We are so proud of “T”, and excited that her story of progress is going to be shared in a TV interview. We believe it will encourage others to help the vulnerable orphans we serve receive the healing they need, as well as help find forever families for these children who desperately want a home.
Since our last newsletter, I am happy to report that we are now providing music lessons for FIFTEEN orphaned U.S. children because of generous corporate and individual sponsors. As word spreads among the children, our waiting list for sponsors grows. In addition to serving Arizona orphans we are now serving Ohio orphans who actually live in a facility called an orphanage! We now have EIGHT children waiting to be matched with sponsors, and can’t wait to offer them the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument.
As we reported last month, we are working on grant applications. To be honest, it is slow going. We urgently need individual and corporate funding now. Our program is truly only limited by the number of sponsors we have. I so greatly appreciate your compassionate, generous heart to help abused orphans living right here in our own country. I really need your help to spread the word about these children so that we can get them the help they need. Can you forward this e-mail to friends, co-workers, pastors, and businesses that can help make a difference? We will not give up on these children, and are committed to finding a sponsor for every orphan that wants the opportunity to play a musical instrument or learn to sing. It is the least we can do for them.
April was National Child Abuse Prevention Month. One of the keys to preventing abuse is awareness – if you are uncomfortable with how a child is being treated or you are concerned about their living environment, be a good neighbor and find out how you can help. If you witness abuse, please be courageous and report it. Last year, there were over THREE MILLION incidences where child protective services intervened. There were over 2,000 children that did not survive. For those who do survive horrific abuse, the aftermath is haunting.
We have to help as many abused, orphaned children as possible. Please help share the message about these children and ways we can be a part of changing their future. Post the newsletter on your social media accounts. Forward it to friends. Join us on our social media sites and share our posts. We need advocates to bring awareness to the suffering these children have endured, and corporate sponsors and individual sponsors to join us in their healing. AND, no gift is too small. We need to buy musical instruments, pay instructors, even pay for things like our Zoom subscription so we can teach online. It all adds up – please help where you can. All Kids Need Music is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so your gifts are tax deductible. Thank you again for your compassion to care for these terribly wounded orphans.
For the Children,
All Kids Need Music
Meet “T”! Through a generous corporate sponsorship from Building Arizona Families, “T” was given 52 weeks of piano lessons. “T” came into the program in March. She is fourteen, orphaned, and lives in a group home. She began her musical journey by wanting to make it to American Idol! Her gifted teacher, Karen, recognized her aptitude for piano and directed her to the instrument that she is now excelling at.
She had a rocky start, but thanks to her trauma trained music instructor, she is doing wonderfully! Her instructor, Karen, says she is clearly a gifted, remarkable girl, and tells us that she and “T” have developed a very special bond. She is doing so well that she was chosen to be highlighted in an upcoming television interview along with Karen to illustrate how powerful trauma informed music therapy is in healing abused children. “T” is learning to respond positively to her environment and emotions, telling Karen that when the kids at the group home are fighting, she just goes into her room and practices her music. This is great progress!
Visit our website HERE to watch the TV interview!
Would you like more information about adopting foster children? Building Arizona Families, one of our corporate sponsors, can help. They offer virtual seminars on adoption for foster children, infants, and Haitian children. You can find out more about adoption by visiting their website HERE. And, you can view children whose parental rights have been severed and who are hoping and praying for forever families HERE. Please forward the information about adoption to friends and family!
Meet Building Arizona Families, Arizona’s leading adoption agency and our first Champion’s Champion Sponsor! Building Arizona Families helps families around the U.S. adopt newborn babies. They also provide adoption services for Arizona families to adopt foster children around the country. Additionally, they help U.S. families adopt children from Haiti. Building Arizona Families is a non-profit, licensed, and internationally accredited adoption agency founded by one woman who was adopted herself and another woman who has adopted three children. We are grateful for their generous support in sponsoring SIX U.S. orphans whose lives will be forever changed by Building Arizona Families and their tax deductible donation. Find out more about this wonderful adoption agency at www.buildingarizonafamilies.com
Champions for Children
Meet Dr. John and Dinah Hodgson. The Hodgsons have been making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children for decades, both in the U.S. and around the world. They have served in orphanages and ministered hope to HIV positive children and teenagers, and taught school children in remote villages in Africa.
John and Dinah are located in Ohio, and became the first sponsors for children in the St. Joseph’s Orphanage. When asked if they could sponsor an orphan in Ohio, their response was, “How could we not help?”. We are so grateful for the Hodgson’s championing a U.S. orphan’s opportunity to learn to play music!
We have an orphan waiting for a sponsor at St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Ohio.
We have seven orphans in Arizona waiting for sponsors.
There are so many ways for individuals to help change the lives of foster children.
Choose a child or children to sponsor for a year. You can choose to cover the costs of the child’s instrument and lessons, just the lessons, or just the instrument with our music charity. You can also choose to give to the area of greatest need when helping kids with All Kids Need Music. You can make a single gift or a monthly recurring gift. And remember, it changes childrens’ lives and is tax deductible as an additional benefit to you. Please visit us HERE to learn more!
Businesses that sponsor music lessons and instrument rental for at risk youth are first and foremost changing the lives of the most vulnerable children in the U.S. As a thank you for the generosity of our business partners, our music charity All Kids Need Music provides an effective platform for businesses to build their brand around their corporate generosity.
Research proves that corporations that give back have a significantly higher brand appeal and loyalty rate. Corporations engaged in social good also positively impact their own employees at work satisfaction and company loyalty. Being a champion for at-risk youth provides the opportunity for employees to stay in touch with their sponsored child, providing a source of joy and sense of being cared about for children who in many instances have been terribly abused and discarded. Please visit us HERE to learn more!
We urgently need your help for thousands of U.S. orphans living in group homes and shelters around our country. These orphaned children are at risk youth that have already experienced so much pain and loss from unimaginable child abuse and neglect. They need the opportunity to heal through the therapy of playing a musical instrument. Music charity for children can provide that service. We are an IRS registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your generous gift is tax deductible. Please do what you can to help these children!
In 2020, 276 teenagers in foster care never received the wonderful news that a forever family is adopting them and giving them a life full of love, hope, safety, and support. These children now have to experience life without a loving family by their side and a stable foundation for their future. Without a support system, little money, and sometimes even food and water, these 276 children face very tough times ahead of them. Adopting Arizona foster children can change the course of a child’s life forever. Young adults need proper guidance, care, and support to flourish into thriving adults. Sadly, the 276 young adults who aged out of the foster care system were not able to develop into adulthood with a forever family through an Arizona adoption. Will you partner with us to find loving and safe homes for foster teenagers in need?
Building Arizona Families understands how difficult life can be for foster children when they are not adopted by a family that can offer them love and hope. Foster children face a life of loneliness, sadness, and a longing need to feel loved. Every child deserves to feel joy and happiness with a family who loves and cares for them. Are you ready to open your heart and home to a deserving teenager in need for 2021? 2020 was hard enough for everyone, but we can make 2021 a great year for children in foster care with your help!
Providing Foster Children a Forever Home can Save Them from a Transient Lifestyle
When children are not adopted out of foster care and eventually age out of the system, these youths find themselves dealing with far more than they should ever have to endure. Teens aging out of the foster care system are much more likely to live a life of crime, drugs, poor living conditions, and without solid role models to follow. When people open their hearts and their homes and adopt Arizona Foster children, lives are greatly changed. Suddenly, a child who may have moved multiple times a year, been without friends or family in foster care, and wishing for a safe and loving home now has a solid foundation to grow. Learning from a responsible, caring, and loving adult can forever change a foster child’s life by teaching them something they may have never experienced before.
If you are considering Arizona adoption, please consider providing a well-needed home to a child waiting for their forever family in foster care. Building Arizona Families, our Arizona adoption agency, has a special program to help Arizona families adopt a foster child in Arizona or the United States. To learn more about our Forever Families Foster Adoption Program, please visit us HERE for more details.
Building Arizona Families Serves Children in Foster Care Through Arizona Adoption
We Are Their Future and Building Arizona Families invites you to consider adopting Arizona foster children. Right now, in the state of Arizona, over 2,800 children are legally free for adoption in foster care. These children’s parents had their rights severed and no longer can reunify with their families. Are you able to provide a loving and safe home for even just one of these children in foster care?
2,867 kids in foster care need our help to have a brighter and happier future! Contrary to what many people believe, you do not have to become foster certified before adopting Arizona foster children. We will help you walk through the direct adoption of children in the foster care system and support you every step of the way during your adoption journey. To begin your foster adoption journey or learn more about our foster adoption program, please 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 email@example.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!
Adopting foster kids in Arizona is an urgent matter.These children have been the victims of child abuse and/or severe neglect.When the issues that created the abuse have not been remedied and the children cannot safely be returned home, their biological parents’ rights are severed.When this happens, these abused children enter the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety. They are placed in foster care – sometimes in emergency shelters, sometimes in foster homes, and sometimes in group homes, depending upon the situation and the availability.They move an average of 4-5 times per year from foster home to foster home, ending any attachment with the foster parents, often changing schools, and sometimes living with other foster children who have suffered the same fate. This harsh reality creates uncertainty in academic success and the pain of loneliness and rejection that no child should have to bear.
If there is a tug on your heart for hurting foster children, please consider opening your heart and home to adopt foster kids in Arizona. Every child removed from his or her family deserves more out of life than the suffering they have endured and the insecurity and loneliness they are currently experiencing. Imagine the pain each one of these children experiences from the loss of their own family, separation from the only life they have known, and sometimes not even having the opportunity to see their siblings often. Building Arizona Families encourages any family who wants to change a hurting child’s life to adopt foster kids in Arizona and bring love, joy, and peace into a child’s life.
Adopting Sibling Groups From Foster Care Keeps Them Stronger Together
Whenever possible when adopting foster kids, keeping siblings together is very important for their physical and emotional health and development.When a child is removed from their home for abuse and/or neglect, the trauma a child experiences is deep. To be split up from siblings and facing unknown circumstances alone is unbearable. The need is urgent, and the stories of families who are truly heroes are so heartwarming. One couple in Kansas wanted to make sure this wouldn’t happen to a sibling group so they adopted seven children and gave them a true family complete with their very own brothers and sisters!
Are you Ready to Adopt Foster Kids in Arizona? Can You Open Your Heart and Home to a Hurting Child or Sibling Group in Desperate Need of Love and Stability?
Building Arizona Families invites you to consider adopting foster kids in Arizona and around the United States.Our licensed Arizona adoption agency serves Arizona families, and they are eligible to adopt a foster child from anywhere in the United States. Remember, contrary to what many people believe, you do not have to become foster parents before adopting 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. Learn more about We Are Their Future and helping foster children in Arizona and around the United States, please visit us HERE to learn more ways to help foster children.
If you are interested in adopting Arizona foster kids, or foster children from anywhere in the U.S., we can invite you to attend one of our informative adoption seminars. You can also reach out to Ixcel Baca, Program Coordinator, directly and ask any questions you might have about our licensed adoption agency in Arizona. Ixcel would love to hear from you! You can reach Ixcel at (623) 696-9537 or by e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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 asafe home and loving family can inspire others to do the same.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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Chapter 4: Protecting Children
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 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 Announces Our Home for the Holiday Hero!
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 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.