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Funk: Arizona families are built in a variety of ways

One way is through adoption.

While there are several categories of adoptable children, at Aid to Adoption of Special Kids, we focus on the adoption of children in the Arizona foster care system.

Over our 32 year history, AASK has facilitated thousands of adoptions. We’ve learned a few things along the way.

Carlos loves Christmas yearlong

No matter what the calendar says, Carlos’ music playlist says it’s December 25.

The 9-year-old boy loves Christmas music all year. And if you could combine Christmas music with Fourth of July fireworks? Well, you’d have the perfect holiday.

Dylan is laid back teen who wants a dad

Teens typically come with drama. Not 15-year-old Dylan.
He is literally, the most chill, laid back kid,” says Kayla, a child specific adoption recruiter with Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK).

The teen is laid back, but still loves to play outdoors. Dylan loves playing baseball and splashing in the pool.

Big sister + little brother = instant family

If you were moved by the 2018 movie Instant Family, you can create your own version by opening your heart and home to Vanessa and Reye.

Vanessa, 15, is a compassionate, nurturing teen and the caring big sister for Reyes, a fun-loving 6-year-old boy who loves to cuddle.

Adrian is a teen with a joyful heart

If you see 14-year-old Adrian out and about these days, he will be wearing a mask to do his part to slow the spread of COVID-19. But you can be sure that behind that mask is a smile.

Adrian is almost always smiling. And when he isn’t smiling, he is laughing or giggling. “Adrian is that type of person,” says group home manager Alanson Boyd. “He is happy to be here.”

Technology helps foster kids maintain human bonds

Ron Adelson knows relationships matter.

“That’s not just warm and fuzzy poster material,” says the CEO of Aid to Adoption of Special Kids. “It’s science.”.

The Need is Great, Getting Started is Easy

Much has changed since the COVID-19 virus swept across the globe. But one thing hasn’t changed — children in foster care need homes.

After years of decline, the number of children in foster care this fiscal year has topped last year’s count.

¿Cómo convertirse en un padre de crianza de niños afectados por la negligencia de sus cuidadores durante la pandemia?

La orden de quedarse en casa se incrementó el número de casos de violencia doméstica. Muchos niños han resultado afectados. Le decimos que puede hacer si desea ayudar.

FOREVER FAMILIES: Sky is a Teen With High Aspirations

Just as the sky above seems to know no limits, neither does 15-year-old Sky, a bright high school sophomore.

“I really like to tell people that I want to be president,” she says, “but I know I have to be mayor or senator first.”

FOREVER FAMILIES: Dylan is a Laid-Back Teen Who Wants a Dad

Teens typically come with drama. Not 15-year-old Dylan.

“He is literally, the most chill, laid-back kid,” says Kayla, a child specific adoption recruiter with Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK).

National Adoption Day: A Celebration of Family

A courtroom is typically a solemn place, but courtrooms will be the site of celebration for the 20th Annual National Adoption Day in Maricopa County as more than 100 children become part of a forever family.

AASK Recruiting Volunteer Summer Camp Counselors

Hiking and kayaking in the cool high country near Payson are a great way to spend a week in June. And doing it while bringing smiles to the faces of children in foster care is even better.

Turko: Arizona foster care tax credit remains a sure thing

While a state of limbo lingers as legislators work to conform Arizona tax law to changes in the federal tax code, one thing remains certain – there is an easy way to help children in foster care.

Why every parent should see “Instant Family”

As a foster-adoptive parent, seeing the new movie “Instant Family” hit home on many levels. Our family has personally experienced similar versions of nearly every scene.

5 Myths About Foster Care and Adoption

Foster care and adoption through foster care can be complicated. Like a lot of complicated issues, myths often obscure the reality.

Gilbert Man Has Been Foster Dad to 45 Kids

For Father's Day this year, George Hursh will have a chance to celebrate at least 12 times over – once for every child that he and his wife, Kate, have adopted.

Symantec Launches Initiative to Help Provide Security and Identity Theft Protection for Foster Youth

Young people in foster care face a range of unique risks when it comes to identity protection and cyber security. Before reaching the age of 18, many foster youths have already become targets for identity theft and had their credit destroyed.

Meet Lizeth: Eager to be independent

Lizzie's path to independence will always be ongoing because of a moderate cognitive disability, but she can go far with the stability, support and patient teaching of a forever family.

Season for Sharing: Helping families that want to foster, adopt children in need

Across Arizona, non-profit agencies are helping to place foster children in safe and loving homes. The Season for Sharing campaign through The Arizona Republic and helped make this possible for hundreds of children around the Valley and state this past year.

Now is the perfect time to help foster kids and get a tax benefit, too

The Arizona Foster Care Tax Credit reduces your state income tax obligation $1 for every dollar you give to Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) or other qualifying Arizona foster care organizations. That means when you give AASK $100 now, you will get that $100 back in the form of a lower state income tax bill. The tax credit limits are $500 for individuals and $1,000 for a couple filing a joint return.

5th annual drive collects 6,000 backpacks for foster kids

A record-breaking event benefitting the community’s foster children took place in mid-July. Arizona Friends of Foster Children’s 5th Annual Backpack Drive scored big, collecting 6,000 backpacks stuffed with a variety of school supplies for the most vulnerable children. This generous display of community unites four nonprofits, local businesses and Phoenix residents to ensure foster children are outfitted with everything they need for the new school year.

Scottsdale ad agency lifts spirits of children in foster care

During the agency’s first-ever company-wide Philanthropy Day, Fingerpaint employees came together to decorate and fill duffel bags, called “Sweet Cases,” to help lift the spirits of children in the foster care system, who often have nothing but a trash bag to carry their belongings, according to a press release.

My Turn: The lifeboats for Arizona's abused, neglected kids

CEO of AASK, Ron Adelson's, op-ed piece about kinship foster care in the Arizona Republic

Press Releases

Seasons for Sharing grant supports kinship foster families

Phoenix, AZ, March 10, 2021 - The Arizona Republic recently awarded $20,000 to Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) through their Season for Sharing grant. This grant provides support for families who open their homes to a child in foster care.

The Arizona Foster Care Tax Credit makes giving to AASK painless

Phoenix, AZ, December 12, 2017 – The Arizona Foster Care Tax Credit reduces your state income tax obligation one dollar for every dollar you give to Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) or other qualifying Arizona foster care organizations.

AASK Sibling Connection program strengthens family bonds

Phoenix, AZ, December 05, 2017 – Once a month, children in foster care have the chance to reconnect with their siblings through the AASK Sibling Connection program.

Website for foster families gets new look, new content

Phoenix, AZ, November 16, 2017 – An online guide for Arizona‟s foster families now has a new look and new content.

You can help children in foster care get ready for school

Phoenix, AZ, July 20, 2017 – Monsoon season just started, but the start of school will be here before you know it and AASK is already working to make sure the school year starts strong for children in foster care.

Thunderbirds Charities grant supports kinship foster families

Phoenix, AZ, June 30, 2017 – Thunderbird Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community, recently awarded $25,000 to Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) to provide immediate support for families who open their homes to a child in foster care.

Media Contact: Russ Funk