PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey designated November 2022 as Arizona’s Adoption Awareness Month to highlight the importance of connecting children with loving families and to raise awareness of the organizations that support children in out-of-home care.
“Every child deserves a safe and loving home with a strong family,” Gov. Ducey said. “It takes collaboration from the public, charitable, religious and business communities to expand opportunities for families and youth. During this Adoption Awareness Month, we’re highlighting resources like the Children’s Heart Gallery to further our commitment to helping children in third-party care connect to a safe and loving family. We are committed to the children and families of Ariozna. Thank you to the Arizona Department of Child Safety and organization who have helped countless children in need.”
Arizona has provided safe, permanent, and loving homes to nearly 27,000 children through adoption. The state is a leader in ensuring better outcomes for children and families in Arizona. Since 2016, the number of children in foster care has fallen by 30 per cent – all while safety remains a top priority. The state has also safely reunited nearly 45,000 children with their birth parents.
“We appreciate the service of adoptive families throughout the year, but National Adoption Month is an opportunity to celebrate their unwavering commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of children,” said DCS Director Mike Faust. “It also gives us an opportunity to raise awareness of the ongoing need to recruit adoptive parents and to encourage anyone interested in adopting or fostering a child to contact DCS to learn more about the process .”
Gov. Ducey signed into law that year keep more families together, Raising the family grant of relatives. Grandparents and close relatives who are caring for children receive a match to their monthly stipend, providing much-needed support for these selfless caregivers.
The bill fits another that allowed the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) to create a fast track to licensing relatives. Licensed caregivers receive the same financial support as foster parents.
That Arizona Children’s Heart Gallery includes pictures and resumes of foster children to connect them with loving families. To learn more about the adoption process, DCS offers orientation videos his website.
View the Arizona Adoption Awareness announcement HERE and under.
WHEREAS the State of Arizona recognizes the importance of providing a stable, safe and caring family through adoption for children who cannot be safely reunited with their birth families; and
WHEREAS government and private agencies are working with the courts, community members and members of religious organizations to unite children and adults through the adoption process; and
WHEREAS we recognize that children thrive in a safe and loving home that provides family connections to support them into adulthood; and
WHILE adopting a child is a great joy and gives us an opportunity for collaboration between adoptive families and the communities that support them; and
WHILE caring individuals interested in adoption can visit the Arizona Department of Child Safety’s Children’s Heart Gallery website to learn more about Arizona children who need a safe and sustainable family environment; and
WHILE every successful adoption is more than a success for these children and their adoptive families, it is a story for all Arizonans to be a part of; and
WHILE adoptive families and the children they live with and have permanently cared for have a community that offers them support and care to ensure they are supported throughout their adoption.
THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, hereby proclaim November 2022 as
ARIZONA ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH
and urge all citizens, communities, and charities to renew our commitment to increasing the number of children in Arizona who are made permanent through loving adoptive families.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereby lent a hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona
DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this seventh day of October in the year two thousand twenty-second and the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and forty-seventh.