Equality Arizona

Project Jigsaw

CONNECTING EVERY CHILD TO A LOVING FAMILY

A child should never be without a permanent, loving home. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for the nearly 19,000 children and youth currently in Arizona’s state care. It doesn’t have to be that way.

This is why Equality Arizona is launching 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, 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

Offer parents, providers, and stakeholders the resources they need to navigate the foster care and adoption process so the child can succeed. This includes identifying agencies, lawyers and counseling services well versed in the specific needs of LGBT families considering fostering or adoption.

Education

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.

Over the next few months, we will be rolling 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, please email projectjigsaw@equalityarizona.org.

Project Jigsaw Coalition Partners

To learn more about the Project Jigsaw campaign or how to get involved, please email projectjigsaw@equalityarizona.org and follow Project Jigsaw’s progress on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram!