Since beginning this program in 2013, we have experienced exponential growth in services to Arizona’s boys and girls. In 2018 alone, 751 babies received a brand new crib from The Foster Alliance, a tally which has already been exceeded in 2019. Each of these precious little ones have begun their life with challenges – most of them addicted to substances, born with poisons in their systems, struggling to thrive. They have a chance, thanks in part to having their own safe place, their own crib. As we load the cribs into vehicles and trucks to take home, we remind the families of those important ABCs, and spread the important message of safe sleep.
Safe Sleep is also a part of our twin bed program. We provided little Tommy with his very first “big boy bed”, and Sonora with a bed to use as she moves into her own apartment, beginning life as a young adult after exiting foster care. Think about the importance of a bed, a spot of safety – a place to lay down your head and take refuge from all of the turmoil to which these children have been subjected.
The Foster Alliance is here to help the foster parents – both licensed and kinship, to create a safe place for children who have been abused and neglected. Our mission is to provide essential needs for Arizona’s children in foster care through our programs promoting safety, permanency and health. A Safe Place to Sleep is the most important part of our services, and knowing that we have made an important impact in the lives of so many boys and girls is extremely gratifying.
Thank you, Governor Ducey, for bringing attention to this important issue, and thank you to the donors and supporters of The Foster Alliance who allow us to fill this truly essential need for children throughout the State of Arizona.
Dan Shufelt is the President & CEO of The Foster Alliance, the largest provider of basic needs to Arizona’s children in foster care. Learn more about the Organization at www.azhelpinghands.org and contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.