Foster Arizona Community Blog

Educating & Empowering Arizona's Families

Why Not Do Something?

It was a regular July day in 2013. After dropping off the kids, I headed in to work deep in my own thoughts. When you have a bunch of little people running around the house, car rides tend to be a mini-sanctuary perfect for dreaming and processing. My husband and...
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Question: How much does it cost to adopt?

Question:  How much does it cost to adopt?     When talking with potential families about adopting, this question is usually a part of our conversation. Most people associate a high dollar amount with adoption, but when you adopt from the state foster care system, the state takes care of...
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“I just want my Mommy!” 

“I just want my Mommy!” These are the most common words I hear from children in tears when they come into the Arizona Department of Child Safety’s Child Placement Center.  It doesn’t matter if they are three years old or 10 years old, they just want their mommies. I cannot...
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Question: What is a kinship family?

Question:  What is a kinship family?  (Julie) In Arizona, one of the goals of the Department of Child Safety is to have children that come into care live with families that they are already connected with. The case manager will ask the parent(s) of the child that comes into care...
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