MyersStrickland works with and supports a number of organizations in Arizona and throughout the country. The following is a list of adoption and surrogacy-related organizations that may be of interest or service to MyersStrickland clients:
General Adoption Information
- Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA) – Heather Strickland is a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys.
- Adoptive Families – “Adoptive Families” is an award-winning resource for parents-to-be navigating the adoption process and for parents raising children through adoption.
- AdoptUsKids – Online database of foster children available for adoption.
- Casey Family Programs – The nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America.
- Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption – One of the leading advocates for foster care children around the country.
- The Donaldson Adoption Institute – Provides many studies and publications about adoption for professionals and anyone touched by adoption.
- Families for Private Adoption – FPA’s mission is to provide support education to those seeking to build their families through domestic private adoption. They hold adoption training courses in Arizona.
- Foster & Adoptive Council of Tucson (FACT) – an organization whose mission is to raise awareness, develop support, create resources and promote advocacy for foster care and adoption among the Tucson community at large as well as key members of the community.
Financing an Adoption
- Affording Adoption – An online resource of adoption financing, fundraising and grant opportunities.
- Family Formation Charitable Trust – Foundation to provide financial assistance to families creating families through adoption and assisted reproductive technology.
- Gift of Adoption – Foundation to inspire adoption by providing grants to qualified parents – giving children who need families a permanent home and a chance to thrive.
Adoptive & Foster Care Resources
- Angel Pajamas Project – The organization’s goal is to provide pajamas and books to the children in foster care so they can feel like someone cares, and that at bedtime in their own new pajamas and reading their own new book, they will have a feeling of comfort and love.
- Arizona 1.27 – Training local churches on how to best recruit and care for the members of their congregation engaged in the ministry of foster care and adoption.
- Arizona Children’s Association – ACA programs target the type of future everyone wants to see: a future where every child has a safe and loving home and families are supported through difficult and trying circumstances. It is ACA’s commitment to provide a specifically tailored continuum of services to children and families in need. All programs are family-focused, strength-based, culturally sensitive and outcome-driven.
- Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation – The Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation promotes the self-esteem and enriches the lives of Arizona’s children in foster care by funding social, athletic and educational activities and items that provide them with quality experiences while they live through very difficult circumstances.
- Arizona Helping Hands – Arizona Helping Hands assists foster families who have stepped up to provide a safe, loving environment for children in the Department of Child Safety system. Their programs are designed to provide many basic needs for these boys and girls.
- Arizonans for Children – Arizonans for Children Inc., incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, exists to facilitate opportunities and provide effective solutions to alleviate hardships and improve the fragile lives of the abused, abandoned and neglected children in foster care. It is a tragedy, in this present time, that far too many children continue to find their well-being jeopardized.
- AVIVA – Since 1978, Aviva Children’s Services strives to fulfill its mission of providing enhanced services to improve the quality of life for children who are victims of neglect, abuse and poverty, and are in the care of the Department of Child Safety (formerly CPS) in Pima County. Aviva aims to responds to the needs of foster children by supplying basic, everyday necessity items as well as resources to enhance their self-esteem and well-being.
- Arizona Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents (AZAFAP) –Working in partnership with child welfare professionals and the community, their purpose is to support, educate, empower and provide a unified voice for Arizona’s foster and adoptive families, with the goal of increasing the well-being and stability of Arizona’s most vulnerable children.
- Bikers Against Child Abuse – Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) is a non-profit, 501-C-3 tax exempt organization that exists to provide aid, comfort, safety and support for children that have been sexually, physically and emotionally abused. B.A.C.A. is dedicated to the principle that one of the basic rights of childhood is to be safe and protected, and when the child’s family or environment have failed them, the organization stands ready to provide it to them.
- Black Family & Child Services of Arizona – Serving children and families of all ethnic backgrounds since 1984, BFCS is licensed by the State of Arizona to provide Behavioral Health Services and the agency holds a Child Welfare Placing License to provide adoption and foster care services.
- CASA – CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA volunteers are everyday people appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children in court. CASA of Arizona and its volunteers have been advocating for abused and neglected children in Arizona for over 30 years and have served over 21,541 children.
- Child and Family Resources – Child and Family Resources is a private, community-based, non-profit organization serving children, youth and families. At Child and Family Resources, they build strong communities where children can reach their full potential by using effective prevention and education strategies with families, teens and early educators.
- Childhelp – The internationally respected nonprofit is the largest organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect as well as at-risk children.
- Children’s Heart Gallery – Providing an online database of children ready to be adopted in Pima County.
- Family Christian Counseling Center – The Center serves families from a faith-based perspective that respects personal faith tradition. It offers a wide range of counseling services for all ages and stages of life.
- Family Support Resources Inc. – Providing resources and information to help children, no matter the child’s current station in life, find their own path to self-fulfillment.
- Foster Care Review Board – The Foster Care Review Board advises the juvenile court on progress toward achieving a permanent home for a child or children involved in a dependency action and in an out-of-home placement. The well-being of these children is the highest concern to board members.
- Human Resource Training – Human Resource Training (HRT) was incorporated in August of 1981 to provide consultation and training in the social services field. Today it has expanded its scope to offer a wide range of services in child and adult welfare.
- I am You 360 – I Am You 360 focuses to boost the self-esteem, confidence and self-awareness; improve appearance, positive thinking and community compassion; and improve school attendance among Pima County’s at-risk youth.
- KARE Center – Offering resources for foster, adoptive and kinship parents through the Case Family Programs and Arizona Children’s Association.
- More Than a Bed – More Than a Bed’s Mission is to support foster families and the children in their homes by providing for practical needs. Their vision is to inspire the community to get involved in the life of a foster child and support the family providing care.
- One Simple Wish – National organization to help show foster children or children in need the hope and love they deserve, from bikes to music lessons to laptops and more.
- West Valley Child Crisis Center – Today, West Valley Child Crisis Center is one of the largest West Valley providers for foster care and adoption services in the Phoenix metropolitan area. They save lives and create brighter days for children and families across Arizona through a variety of comprehensive services.
Tucson/Phoenix Foster Care Licensing Agencies
- A Place to Call Home – Licensing and certifying families to provide permanent and temporary care for children in foster care and children and adults with developmental disabilities since 1998.
- AmeriPsych – AmeriPsych is a leading provider of foster/adoption services, parent education, case management and counseling services throughout Arizona with over 20 years of experience. AmeriPsych offers foster care licensing and adoption certification opportunities to individuals living in Arizona.
- Arizona Aid to the Adoption of Special Kids – Thousands of Arizona children in foster care are waiting to be adopted by a loving forever family. The Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) adoption program guides families on the path from foster care to adoption.
- Arizona Baptist Children’s Services – Faith-based non-profit that includes seven ministries with one mission: to provide hope and care to hurting children and families through Christ-centered ministries. ABCS serves the full spectrum of Arizona families, from unborn babies to seniors.
- Arizona Children’s Association – Licensing traditional and non-traditional families, single or two-parent families regardless of race, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin or disability.
- Arizona Mentor – Founded in 1980, The MENTOR Network is a national network of local health and human services providers in 35 states offering an array of quality, community-based services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses; to youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges, as well as their families; and to elders in need of support.
- Casa de los Niños – The Casa de los Niños Foster Care and Adoption program recruits, trains, monitors and supports foster and adoptive families in Pima County. They strive to transform the lives of children by licensing and certifying families who are able to meet the temporary and permanent needs of children by providing a safe, nurturing and qualified home.
- Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, Inc. – The Certified Adoptions Programs is a process in which those who wish to adopt a child from the State of Arizona Department of Child Safety undergo rigorous background checks, document submissions and interviewing. Upon submission of a Home Study report to the Court, a Judge decides whether to certify the person(s) as adoptive parents.
- Child Crisis Arizona – CCA has one of the largest foster care and adoption programs to license, train and certify individuals and families interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. Their range of services and support, along with realistic training, prepares families for the placement of children of all ages and backgrounds. CCA serves single and two-parent families from a no-limitations spectrum of religious beliefs, ethnicities and sexual orientations.
- Christian Family Care – Offering PS MAPP classes, the state-required pre-service trainings to foster or adopt and Christ-centered, clinically sound accredited trainings to foster and adoptive families and community partners to meet yearly requirements.
- CPES – CPES licenses individuals and families to provide a loving and safe home environment for children with a developmental disability. They offer comprehensive training and on-going support for families interested in providing short- or long-term care for these children.
- Devereux – Individuals seeking services in any Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health program throughout Arizona have the right to all available services without discrimination because of race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, handicap, national origin or sexual orientation. Devereux ensures that every client has the right to exercise all civil rights and the right of access to an advocate in order to understand, exercise and protect client’s rights.
- Gap Ministries – GAP Ministries, a social service nonprofit serving Southern Arizona since 1999, stands in the GAP for those in need in three core areas: Family, Community and Ministry. GAP Ministries recruits, licenses and certifies individuals and families who wish to provide an excellent temporary foster or permanent home for abused and/or neglected children.
- Grace Retreat Foster Care and Adoptive Services – Grace Retreat Foster Care and Adoption Services is a licensing agency contracted by the State of Arizona. Grace Retreat is committed to supporting families through the process of becoming licensed and providing a home for children.
- Intermountain – Intermountain Centers recruits and trains foster care providers for at-risk children who require a safe and stable home environment in which to develop positive life skills, independence and self-sufficiency. Training and licensing is provided within the Intermountain organization, in accordance with State of Arizona regulations.
- La Frontera Arizona: La Paloma Family Services – La Paloma recruits, trains and supports foster parents who are capable of providing a safe, structured and nurturing environment for children that are displaced from their homes.
- Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest – Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest Family Resource Centers, in partnership with First Things First, provide families with children from birth to 5 years old activities which include developmental playgroups, parenting classes and assistance to locate information and community resources. Families have access to knowledge, resources and supports that will help their children be school-ready in order to reach their full potential. This partnership with First Things First is with the Phoenix North and Southeast Maricopa Regional Councils.
- Pathways of Arizona – Pathways of Arizona provides classes, licensure and ongoing support for foster parents, both at the DES and HCTC (therapeutic) level. Their families receive top-notch preparation for this invaluable service as well as receiving ongoing, round-the-clock support, which is paramount to the success of those children and their foster families.
- Rise Family Services – Training individuals and families in preparation to be foster and adoptive parents. Training at RISE is free. They also offer free advanced training classes throughout the year to licensed families. This training help families gain more skills and knowledge and meet yearly licensing requirements.
- VisionQuest – VisionQuest trainers are qualified and motivated to teach the requirements for foster care licensing. The teachers have extensive training experience and combine their knowledge of child and family needs with real-word teaching and learning situations to deliver relevant, fun and interactive training.
Adoption Tax Credit
- 1st Choice Tax Services – Established in 2005, their team of highly trained tax professionals continue to offer many services to meet your personal and business tax needs. From standard tax returns to payroll services, 1st Choice has the training and expertise to do it all.
- Save the Adoption Tax Credit – Save the Adoption Tax Credit is a national collaboration of organizations and individuals united to support adoption by advocating to save and improve the federal adoption tax credit.
Assisted Reproductive Technology Resources
- American Society of Reproductive Medicine – ASRM is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine.
- American Surrogacy – American Surrogacy has provided complete surrogacy services across the country and around the world since 2013.
- Reproductive Health Center – In 1995, Dr. Scot Hutchison and his sister Holly Hutchison started Reproductive Health Center. After serving as co-director of assisted reproductive technologies at the prestigious School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, the team decided Tucson was the place they wanted to build a world-class center for reproductive health. Their philosophy was simple: Take time with patients. Learn as much as possible about them and their lifestyle to help them achieve their dream of having a healthy child.
- Arizona Reproductive Institute – Arizona Reproductive Institute’s mission is to provide families with the most modern infertility medical care in Arizona within a warm and caring environment. Christine Mansfield, M.D., Arizona Reproductive Institute’s medical director, considers patient care a team effort involving advanced technology and expert care, and she is committed to providing compassionate care that is personalized for every patient.
- RESOLVE – A non-profit, charitable organization, who works to improve the lives of women and men living with infertility.