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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

 

Arizona Helping Hands Partners with 12-year old in Tuba City!

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A heart-warming story and a press release that deserves publishing word for word!  We Are Their Future celebrates Chance Peterson, a twelve year old, as an everyday hero. changing other children’s lives.  Chance is partnering with Arizona Helping Hands to help Arizona foster children on the Navajo Nation reservation.   This is worth the read, and reprint!  And share!

Twelve year old boy partners with ARIZONA HELPING HANDS to help kids in Tuba City!

(Scottsdale, AZ) — 12 year old Chance Peterson has spent much of his youth in and out of Phoenix Children’s Hospital (“PCH”). Despite his young age, he has seen the needs of other children and has made the commitment to do what he can Arizona Helping Hands logoto make lives better for needy youth. On Saturday September 9th, Chance will partner with Arizona Helping Hands (“AHH”) to take truckloads of supplies and basic needs to assist children in foster care in Tuba City, Arizona.

Chance met a young girl at PCH who was a member of the Navajo Nation and in their foster care system. Through this contact he met Elsie Elthie, a caseworker from Tuba City and learned of the huge need for support for kids in northeastern Arizona. There are currently approximately 500 children in foster care spread over the reservation’s 27,000 square miles. Elsie’s caseload averages 65 children and spans 5,549 square miles in North Coconino County. Many of her families do not have running water or electricity, and their needs are extensive.

Chance decided he wanted to help Elsie, her families and other children on the reservation. Using his youthful initiative, he connected with local schools through which he collected unclaimed lost and found items. He has solicited other community support and gathered cases of water, plus toiletries, feminine hygiene products and more. On social media he connected with Dan Shufelt, President and CEO of AHH. Hearing of Chance’s dream to help the children on the reservation, Dan offered the use of the AHH box truck and much more. Arizona Helping Hands will be adding to Chance’s efforts by providing beds and cribs to children on the reservation. Backpacks filled with school supplies, diapers, toys, lunch bags, personal care items and other needs will also be loaded onto the AHH truck for the 4 hour drive to make a difference for so many boys and girls.

“Arizona Helping Hands is so proud to partner with a wonderful young man who is teaching us all the importance of caring for kids” says Dan Shufelt. “This effort will have a huge impact on needy children of the Navajo Nation.” Donations of feminine hygiene products, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, bar soap, baby care items, snacks, juices, granola bars and more are being solicited for this effort. Monetary donations are also welcome at www.azhelpinghands.org.

EVENT INFORMATION:

  • 9/8/17 at 10AM – Truck loading at Arizona Helping Hands, 7850 E Gelding Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
  • 9/9/17 at 5AM – Caravan to leave AHH for travel to Tuba City, AZ
  • 9/9/17 – 10AM to Noon MDT – Unloading at Louise Yellowman Park, North Main St, Tuba City, AZ

Arizona Helping Hands is the largest provider of basic needs to Arizona’s kids in foster care. For more information visit www.azhelpinghands.org.

Everyone can do something, and Chance Peterson is a powerful example of that!

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