3,000 kids on waiting list to be adopted

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3,000 kids on waiting list to be adopted

CREATED Jun 11, 2012

Reporter: Steve Nuñez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Everyday, thousands of children wake up with one hope in mind: to find a loving family willing to take them home and give them a good life. Yet, thousands of kids remain on the adoption waiting list. Today, 9 On Your Side is highlighting Arizona Families for Children as the Journal Broadcast Group "Community Partner" for the month of June.

A collage, featuring pictures of children waiting to be adopted, decorates a small wall at the main office that serves as the headquarters for Arizona Families for Children.   

Kay Buckler is a volunteer for the non-profit organization that tries endlessly to find and match adoptive families to children.

"They need to find somebody that wants to be there forever family," said Buckler. "Some of them are in foster care, some of them are in group homes because there aren't enough foster care available for them."

Right now, there are at least 3,000 kids in Pima County waiting to be adopted. Some include kids who have brothers or sisters who need to be adopted together. But many of the faces profiled are older kids who are often overlooked.

Buckler said, "Teenagers have a horrible time finding somebody that wants to adopt them because some of them have physical or emotional handicaps."
Buckler advises, before you consider adopting, make sure you are 100% dedicated to sharing your life with a child.     

"It's not easy," said Buckler. "It's something everyone has to work at."

Overall, the adoption process can take up to six months.

Unmarried couples in a stable relationship can also qualify.

"The bottom line is there's nothing more important in a child's life than having a family and it really leads to them being successful adults and a successful part of a community," said Buckler.

For more information on Arizona Families for Children, or our "Community Partner" program, log onto our website KGUN9.com and click on links underneath the Big Blue Box.