If we could have, we would have have represented every foster child in the state of Arizona. Sadly, the number of children in state care is close to 10,000 children, a number that includes kids in foster care, group homes, and shelters. Children in care range from birth to young adulthood. They come from all areas of Arizona, and all walks of life, but what they are have in common is the need for a safe and stable home environment. Some children are reunited with their biological parents, others are placed with family members, others are placed for adoption and still others end up ‘aging out’ of the system with no family at all.
The state of Arizona is in great need of of foster and/or adoptive parents – especially those willing to take in sibling groups and teenagers. Being separated from your siblings can be as traumatizing as being taken from your parents; and accepting the reality – as a teenager – that no one wants you is extremely damaging to a teen’s self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
Could you the person to ‘change a lifetime’? Will you open your home and heart to a child and become a foster parent? You can find out more information about the agencies that license foster/adoptive parents in Tucson here. You can view the orientation schedule – where you will hear about the process of licensing and visit with agency representatives – here.
As you view these pictures, try to imagine a face on each one of these balloons: