Arizona children are placed in out-of-home care due to neglect, abandonment or abuse. When the Court determines that children will not be able to safely return home, an adoptive family is sought. More than 70 percent of the children who are free for adoption are adopted by their relatives or foster parents. For the remainder of these children who have a case plan goal of adoption special recruitment efforts, including the Children's Heart Gallery, are developed to locate a forever family.
The children who need temporary and permanent families are teenagers, toddlers, infants, children with special behavioral and medical needs and sibling groups. They represent all ethnic groups. More than 33 percent of children in out-of-home care are 1 to 5 years of age. Youth 13-17 years of age comprise 21 percent of the children in care. The majority of children in out-of-home care are either Caucasian (36 percent) or Hispanic (35 percent), followed by African American (15 percent).
For information on ways to support the Children’s Heart Gallery, please visit http://www.childrensheartgallery.org/content/volunteer-interest-form to begin the process.