Arizona’s Children Association is the largest foster care provider in the state, training and supporting foster care families who open their hearts and homes to vulnerable children while their biological families are on the mend.
AzCA collaborates with adoption placing agencies to provide a variety of adoption-related services for those seeking to adopt internationally, privately, and from the foster care system.
When becoming interested in foster care and adoption services, it is important to be aware of the differences between foster care and adoption. There are two different avenues, but they support the same goal, helping a child in need.
The parameters of comparison between fostering and adoption are duration of stay, geographical scope, and responsibilities. In foster care, a child is placed with a family for as long as the state deems fit, while adoption is forever. When fostering a child, they must be placed in the same state as their biological parents — for adoption there are no geographical barriers.
Below are three steps to foster care.
AzCA collaborates with adoption placing agencies to provide a variety of adoption related services for those seeking to adopt internationally, privately, and from the foster care system.
AzCA’s adoption-related services include:
If you are interested in adoption or fostering, please visit: arizonaschildren.org/foster-adopt/.
About Arizona’s Children Association
For 100 years, Arizona’s Children Association has stayed true to “Protecting Children, Empowering Youth, Strengthening Families,” serving more than 40,000 children, individuals and families in all 15 counties each year. It is one of the oldest and largest statewide child welfare and behavioral health nonprofit agencies in Arizona.
Learn more at www.ArizonasChildren.org.
Joy Petty is director of foster care and adoptions at Arizona’s Children Association.
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