From the Desk of Kelly Rourke-Scarry, MSW
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Last year in the United States almost 2,000 children died as a result of horrific abuse and almost THREE MILLION child protective services investigations and responses were needed. That is 2,000 murdered children too many, and three million abused children too many.
You are probably wondering what this tough topic has to do with adoption of newborns. My answer is… everything. Some of the risk factors that lead to child abuse include poverty, mental illness, alcohol and drug use, too young, were victims of abuse themselves, low education levels, and weak support systems.
Sound familiar? The at risk pregnant women we help usually have one or more of the above risk factors. Without intervention, babies born into these circumstances are at risk for abuse.
When an at risk pregnant woman can’t effectively parent, adoption is a wonderful option to give the baby a safe, loving home and the opportunity to thrive. We also offer post adoptive services so that these vulnerable women can receive the support they need to move forward into a productive and happy future, equipped with the skills they need to succeed.
In Arizona right now, there are over 14,000 children living in the child welfare system – meaning they experienced life threatening abuse and/or neglect. To solve child abuse, the root causes must be solved. I firmly believe that providing the beautiful option of adoption to risk pregnant women is one key way of preventing child abuse. Can you help us prevent child abuse and help at risk pregnant women move forward to a brighter future? $127.00 is all it takes. Or perhaps you will consider $127.00 as a recurring monthly gift, knowing that you are the reason we are serving a new pregnant woman in crisis, giving a baby a healthy, loving home, and blessing a family praying for a baby.
It’s time that we go upstream and address the causes of child abuse so that we can prevent it. Please join us in helping vulnerable pregnant women get the help they need and innocent children have the lives they deserve.
If you can sponsor one vulnerable pregnant woman and protect her unborn child, you will be helping to break the cycle of child abuse and despair. It’s hard to put a price tag on the difference just $127.00 makes. And if that is too much, just know that every dollar counts in meeting this urgent need. You saw the staggering number of children who are victims of life threatening child abuse in Arizona alone! Please do what you can, we have to stand up for these vulnerable children. And, remember that your gift of any amount is tax deductible. Please forward the newsletter to friends and family who will join us in protecting children and helping break negative cycles for vulnerable, desperate women.
As always, I am available 24/7/365 to talk with a women experiencing a crisis pregnancy. Please share my personal cell number. My cell is 623.695.4112. Women can text or call me.
Thank you for being in the struggle with us to save the lives of unborn babies.
Saving and changing lives together,
Building Arizona Families
DOMESTIC/NEWBORN ADOPTION PLACEMENTS
THREE BEAUTIFUL BABIES ADOPTED IN MARCH!
During the month of March, Building Arizona Families placed three precious newborn babies with wonderful families. We are so grateful these precious babies will have the gift of life and love! Every baby deserves the same.
BIRTH MOTHER ADOPTION STORIES
Gina was homeless. She found out about Building Arizona Families through a friend who had been helped by BAF. Gina knew she was not in a place physically or emotionally to be a parent or to provide for her baby. She also believes that her choice to place her baby for adoption was the most loving, selfless choice she could have made. In her interview, she shares about how Building Arizona Families gave her a place to live, food to eat, and even money for necessities when she needed it to ensure the well being of her unborn child.
BIRTH MOTHER MATTERS ADOPTION RADIO
Factors That Can Prevent Someone From Adopting
Not every person who wants to be an adoptive parent will be qualified or eligible to adopt. The way eligibility is determined is through the adoption home study process. Every state has their own individual requirements to be eligible to adopt. In this podcast we are going to focus on the specifics of Adoption Home Studies In the state of Arizona. Adoption home studies are governed by the Arizona Revised Statutes. The State of Arizona requires that your home study social worker spend at least 4 hours with you face-to-face during a minimum of 2 visits. At least 2 of these hours must be spent in your home. Listen to the rest of the podcast to learn more.
Please join us in helping to change the lives of pregnant women in crisis who courageously choose to put their unborn child’s life above their own through the selfless choice of adoption. They choose life for their unborn child. Now, let’s help them have the bright future they deserve. Click below to join us in changing lives.
We need sponsors to help cover the cost of the educational outreach. No tax deductible contribution is too small. We also need volunteers! There are also downloadable resources on the website with facts about adoption that you can share with others. Join the You Before Me movement to save the lives of unborn babies and provide a fresh start in life for birth mothers who need encouraging, practical support.
UPCOMING ADOPTION INFORMATION SEMINAR
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Upcoming Adoption Events
Thursday, May 27, 2021 3pm MST
Domestic Adoption Informational Seminar
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Facts About Building Arizona Families
- Established in 2004
- Hague Accredited
- Co-Founded by two members of the adoption triad
- Established an Aftercare Program for birth mothers
- Provide both open and closed adoptions
- Work with birth mothers throughout the entire state of Arizona
- Work with families across the United States
- Use “Child Connect” for post adoption communication
- Have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau
- Host a non-perishable food bank at our facility
- Have a clothing closet for birth mothers
- Assist our birth mothers in providing Christmas presents for their children
- And on on….
Stay Connected with Arizona Pregnancy Help!
Address: same as Building Arizona Families
Stay Connected with Building Arizona Families!
Phone: 623-936-4729, 1-800-340-9664
8433 N. Black Canyon Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Stay Connected with the Donna K. Evans Foundation!
Address: same as Building Arizona Families