CONNECTING EVERY CHILD TO A LOVING FAMILY
A child should never be without a permanent, loving home. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for the 18,000 children and youth currently in Arizona foster care. It doesn’t have to be that way.
This is why Equality Arizona and Arizona’s Children Association together have launched a new collaborative community effort called Project Jigsaw: Connecting Every Child to a Loving Family.
The grassroots campaign is focused on building a diverse coalition of Arizonans who are committed to working together to create an environment where all couples, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are provided the opportunity to build a loving family for amazing children. Governor Doug Ducey said it best when he stated, “All children deserve a loving home, and under my watch, I’m committed to making sure government encourages that.” Read more on Governor Ducey’s statement here.
Despite his announcement, many state agencies refuse to represent same-sex adoptive couples, and same-sex couples are often considered bottom on the list of homes for potential child placement. Moreover, some state agencies are still standing by their legal advice that the state should not allow married same-sex couples to jointly adopt or become foster parents in Arizona.
Project Jigsaw will work to improve the overall foster care and adoption process, ensure all prospective parents have an equal opportunity to foster and adopt, and support everyone involved in the process by providing the following:
Access to Resources
These resources may be helpful for parents navigating the foster care and adoption process. Resources include agencies, lawyers and counseling services well versed in the specific needs of LGBT families considering fostering or adoption.
Current resources to help you navigate your way to becoming a foster/adoptive parent:
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, contact Arizona’s Children Association at email@example.com.
Educate the public about the importance of foster care and adoption, and why all prospective parents who are looking to provide loving, stable homes for children should have equal access to both opportunities.
Advocacy and Influence Public Policy
Partners will connect with elected officials and providers to ensure that Arizona policies and procedures align with Governor Ducey’s vision of a home for every child.
We are offering out resources, telling people’s stories and working on policy changes to accomplish all of the above. To learn more about the Project Jigsaw campaign or how you can get involved in the effort to break down obstacles to connecting Arizona’s children with loving families, fill out this form.
Project Jigsaw Coalition Partners
- Arizona’s Children Association
- Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK)
- AmeriPsych, Inc.
- Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents
- Arizona Family Law Attorneys
- Arizona Helping Hands, Inc.
- Arizona State University’s Center for Child Well-Being
- Arizona Summit Law School chapter of OUTLaw
- Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC)
- Cornerstone Staffing
- Devereux Arizona
- Foster Children’s Rights Coalition
- Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
- HERO (Human & Equal Rights Organizers)
- Human Resource Training, Inc.
- InMedia Company
- Law Office of Jennifer Wiedle, PLLC
- LGBT&S Alliance Fund
- PFLAG Phoenix
- PFLAG Sedona/Verde Valley
- PFLAG Tucson
- Phoenix Pride LGBT Center
- Project Arizona
- Red Wagon Law
- Rita A. Meiser, PLC
- Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
- Southwest Adoption Services
- Unity, LLC
To learn more about the Project Jigsaw campaign or how to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow Project Jigsaw’s progress on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!