Arizonas Foster Care Applicants, that do not fully vaccinate their biological children, are being denied licensing. (Please see R6-5-5823-5 & R6-5-5822-C) Arizona children in Foster Care are in need of qualified homes where they can be provided a safe, loving and caring atmosphere.
This is not about debating vaccines. It is about the children who need loving families willing to help shelter them, protect them and love them. It is about the severe lack of Foster Homes in Arizona and how we can realistically and quite easily create more of them.
The state wants to protect the foster children. That makes sense. Foster families should be obligated to follow the States Vaccine Requirements for foster children, Foster Family Providers should not be required to be held to these guidelines with their own biological children, already living in their home.
Yes, there is a waiver (Alternative Method of Compliance or AMOC) when such families apply for a foster license. – No, none of them have ever been approved in regards to this particular vaccine legislation that we are aware of.
Arizona needs a more child centered approach; A more needs based approach. Able and willing families are being turned away by the dozens.
We need swift, clear and concise action/legislation, and we need your help to do it.
Please help the dozens who have already been denied the opportunity to foster and any future families that may be denied because they choose not to vaccinate or only partially vaccinate their biological children for various reasons such as medical, philosophical or religious.
There are 13,000 children in foster care. That is a 20 percent increase from just two years ago. Of those 13,000 children, 300 will Age out while living in group homes. Adoptions are down by 35 percent. Fifty percent of sibling groups are split up in the foster care system due to lack of foster homes. Children are regularly sleeping in CPS offices because there are not enough foster homes. Last month a child slept and stayed in a CPS office for over 24 hours before a group home could be found for them. No foster home was available. This is something that we need to ensure does not continue. Changing these requirements will open up more homes for Arizonas Children.
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