Arizona foster children and their families need YOUR help.
Please make birthday wishes for Arizona’s foster children come true! This is a practical need that truly reminds these children that they are loved and not forgotten. It also helps support the foster families who are sacrificially loving these precious, vulnerable children. Remember, #EveryoneCanDoSomething!
Here is what Arizona Helping Hands needs:
Arizona Helping Hands has provided BIRTHDAY DREAMS packages to 800+ kids already in 2017. The volume of requests is hard to keep up with! They greatly need of items for kids who are celebrating their 1st, 2nd and 8th through 12th birthdays.
If you, a church group, club, school, company or other can help by holding a collection drive, please go to the We Are Their Future Ways to Help page and sign up for more info here: www.wearetheirfuture.org/waystohelp At the bottom of the page you will find information about Arizona Helping Hands and a place to enter your info. We will connect you so that you can make a difference for the thousands of Arizona’s foster children who need to know we care.
Arizona children deserve families, and should NEVER leave foster care ALONE in the world. EVERYONE can do something to help. Foster, Adopt, Volunteer, or Donate. Click to change children’s lives today and their futures tomorrow. www.wearetheirfuture.org
When organizations and individuals work together to meet the needs of Arizona’s most vulnerable children, everyone wins! The wonderful story below, shared with We Are Their Future by Arizona Helping Hands is a powerful example of how critical collaboration is to meet the needs of the over 17,000 children in Arizona’s state foster care system. It is also a touching example of what it means to truly be watching out for Arizona’s vulnerable children, and how they can be protected by being a good neighbor, stepping in when there is a need to do so. Remember, everyone can do SOMETHING, and it will take ALL of us to get the job done. We cannot sit idly by and assume government will parent these children, it takes people who will open their hearts and do what they can to make a difference.
Joining together to make a difference for children & families!
Arizona Helping Hands (“AHH”) is the State’s largest provider of basic essential needs for children in foster care. Through April 30th the Organization has provided 800+ beds and cribs (already this year!) to give children a Safe Place to Sleep, along with clothing, diapers, personal care items and even birthday packages to celebrate that so important but too often overlooked day for kids in foster care!
In 2016, the CarePortal began working in Maricopa County to connect Churches to local children and families in crisis. Quite the marriage was formed when these two groups began working together.
The CarePortal brings the needs of hurting children and families to the attention of local churches. DCS caseworkers uncover the needs and seek out church members to respond in real time to assist families. Many times the needs include something as basic as beds and cribs – and naturally, AHH is the obvious source to fill those needs, allowing church members to focus on other important pieces of support.
A recent case points out the beauty of this connection. Sherie Siegel took a phone call from a foster mom (“J”) looking for assistance with not a couple or a few, but SIX BEDS for the family she just opened her home to support and love. J told Sherie that she stopped at a downtown 7-11 and noticed a bunch of children hanging around. The 2 year old was running around with a soiled diaper, all the kids were dirty. J asked one of the kids where mom and dad were and the child pointed to the side of the building. Mom and Dad were obviously more consumed with deriving their own pleasure than caring for these kids. Eventually J took these kids home with her to clean them up, give them a meal and see where things would go.
Where did things go? – J is now fostering these six kids, in addition to the 7 that she has adopted! She was reaching out to AHH in hopes of giving these kids the basic comfort of a bed or a crib, and as with all our clients, Sherie threw open the door to say YES we will help. J’s issue was with space to provide sleeping arrangements for six new kids. The question was, “Does AHH supply bunkbeds?” Our answer, “NO, but let us explore whether our friends at the CarePortal can help out in this very special circumstance.”
Calls and emails were passed around, this amazing story shared across electronic channels, and lo and behold a CarePortal member stood up to say “I want to help!” In no time, an order was placed, bunkbeds were delivered and J and her husband showed up at AHH to pick up mattresses for the bunkbeds plus a crib, all the bedding, some care items, diapers and more.
What a perfect circle of love that closed around this family who so willingly opened themselves to kids in need with no visible means of support, just knowing it was what they must do. Arizona Helping Hands and the CarePortal continue to make a meaningful impact on the lives of kids in and out of foster care, showing that it truly does take a village to #StandUp and #Makeadifference for boys and girls in our community.
In this, National Foster Care Awareness month, it’s important to know that EVERYONE can do something to support children in foster care. You can donate children’s gently used clothing at any area Mattress Firm location, you can hold a collection drive to gather new toys, games and books or even back to school supplies. Your church can explore becoming involved in the CarePortal. It truly does take a village, and by working together our entire community can encircle families like J’s with the love and support they, and especially those precious children, so desperately deserve.
Troy entered state foster care at three years old. At age seven, he still hoped for adoption. Six foster homes later, Troy was moved into a group home. In those years, he learned never to unpack the plastic bag that held all of his belongings, because he knew it wouldn’t last. At thirteen, Troy just wanted to make it until he was eighteen, and out in the world alone. He thought the young kids were most desired for adoption – therefore they were the ones that got forever families and permanent homes.
Until Rick, a single dad, found his photo online.
At thirteen, Troy’s whose parental rights were severed a decade ago. He waited a very long time for someone to adopt him, but really, had all but lost hope. Troy desperately needed someone to love him, to give him a family and a future. Rick said, “I can be his dad!” and he began the process of adopting a foster child from the state foster care system.
Six months later, Rick was Troy’s dad.
At fourteen, Troy enjoyed his first Thanksgiving and first Christmas with a family. His grades are improving and he now wants to be a child psychologist to help other kids who are in the foster care system. A smart and articulate young man, Troy is eager to share his journey to educate the public about the many needs of children in foster care who pray that someone will find them, want them, and commit to their adoption into their family.
You see, everyone can do something. And Rick did. He changed Troy’s life forever. In the process, adoption expanded Rick’s heart in ways he never dreamed possible.
Government should not raise these vulnerable children. Therefore, it is up to all of us, and it takes all of us stepping up to meet the needs of the tens of thousands of children in foster care. Find out what YOU can do to help the over 17,000 AZ foster children who are waiting for someone to love them… Foster, adopt, volunteer, donate. Find out more at: www.wearetheirfuture.org