Mesa, AZ, May 16, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- About the Foster Care Open House: With nearly 14,000 children currently living in out-of-home care in Arizona, there is a critical need for new foster and adoptive parents. There has been a rise in the number of children, ages 0-6, being placed in shelters and group homes due to the lack of available foster homes. Becoming a foster or adoptive parent gives individuals and families the opportunity to have a positive, lasting impact on Arizona’s most vulnerable children. This event will allow attendees an opportunity to learn ways in which they can make a difference in the lives of Arizona’s foster children.
Who are the children?
Most children have been removed from their birth families' care due to abuse or neglect; they range in age from birth to 17 years and often consist of sibling groups. They come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and have experienced trauma, loss and disappointment. These children all need the same things - love, commitment, patience, consistency, and someone to advocate for them.
Foster families are stable, nurturing individuals or families who, knowing that their time with the children is only temporary, provide them with love and consistency and are there to instill in them the skills they need to meet life's uncertainties. General foster care requirements include passing a criminal background check, home inspection, physician's statement verifying emotional and physical health, economic stability, a minimum 30 hours of training, and be age of 21 years or older.
Adoptive families are committed to providing a permanent loving home where their children can grow and understand what it means to be a family. General adoption requirements include fingerprinting for a criminal background check, physician's statement verifying emotional and physical health, economic stability, a minimum 30 hours of training, and be age of 21 years or older.
About A Place To Call Home: A Place To Call Home is a foster care and adoption agency founded in 1998 to meet the needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities living in out of home care. Since 1998 A Place To Call Home has grown to include foster care and adoption programs for family foster homes and child developmental homes as well as adult developmental home. A Place To Call Home also works closely with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to provide foster care and adoption services for children needing out of home care through their social services programs.
For more information, please visit: www.tocalhome.com