About Us


Building Arizona Families is a non-profit, licensed adoption agency dedicated to providing the services birth families need to complete the adoption process.  Our trained, dedicated staff are able to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Building Arizona Families
Building Arizona Families is a non-profit, licensed adoption agency. We provide adoptive and birth families with professional adoption services and place children through our domestic infant, interstate, and international adoption programs. We also provide adoption services including home studies, post-placement/adoption reports, severance studies, and stepparent/relative adoptions. Building Arizona Families is dedicated to breaking down the barriers and obstacles of adoption and helping every child to find their forever family.

Building Arizona families has rapidly become a leader in international adoption, domestic adoption, and interstate adoption, all of which enable children to find forever families of their own. We have always been committed to handling families’ needs while maintaining a personal connection to our clients. Quality, professionalism, and customer service are the foundations of our agency.

Building Arizona Families was started by two mothers with over 30 years combined experience working with children. We are dedicated to our mission to advocate and protect the right of every child to a safe, permanent, and loving family.

KellyR Kelly R., President and Social Services Director
Kelly has a Masters Degree in School Counseling and a Liberal Science Degree in Family Studies and Human Development. Kelly has experience as a school counselor, social worker, mental health case worker, and is bilingual in Spanish. Above all, Kelly is married and the proud mother of four children.
Angie Angie P., Vice President and Agency Employee Director
Angie has a Post Baccalaureate Elementary Education Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a concentration in writing. Angie has experience as a 2nd grade teacher and is the adoptive mother of three siblings from Russia.
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Angela S.
LisaR Lisa R., Birth Mother Case Manager
MyriahM Myriah M., Social Worker
Myriah is the proud mother of a 3 year old son. She has a Bachelors degree in Human Services in Woman’s Health from Prescott College. Over the past 8 years she has worked with children and families as a women’s advocate and midwife assistant.
Roza M.
MelindaC Melinda C.
Debbie J.
MichelleB Michelle B., Social Worker
Michelle obtained her degree in Child and Family Services from Iowa State University. Her experience includes working at Royal Family Kids Camp (a camp for foster children), a group home for teenage boys, a non-profit parenting organization and volunteering with the youth at her church. Michelle and her husband have one son.
LisaS Lisa S., Social Worker
JasonM Jason M., Social Worker
PatrickC Patrick C., Social Worker
Patrick is married with three wonderful children. He has Bachelors Degree in Administration of Justice from Arizona State University. Patrick has more than 12 years of experience with children and their families, working as a juvenile probation officer.
SharonC Sharon C., Social Worker
Sharon is married, the mother of three children, grandmother of five children, and has one great-grandson. Sharon has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and is licensed in the state of Arizona. As a teacher, she has worked with children and families for over fifteen years and as a social worker for over seven years.
Michele F., Social Worker
Michele is married and the mother to three daughters. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and is licensed in the state of Arizona. She also has more than 10 years experience working with children and families and has worked as a professional social worker in both child welfare and divorce mediation settings.
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  angela-sm Angela S., Domestic Program Adoptive Family Case Manager
Angela has a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Work. Angela is a Licensed Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Arizona. She has more than 10 years experience working with children and families as well as extensive experience in the mental health setting including child, family and group counseling, art and play therapy and advocacy work. Angela is married and the mother of two children.
 debbie-sm Debbie J., Domestic Adoption Case Manager Assistant
Debbie Johns is a Social Worker with Building Arizona Families. She has assisted families with all different types of adoptions, including domestic birthmother adoptions, adoptions from the foster care system, and international adoptions. Debbie has also worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Debbie is the proud aunt of two nieces and a nephew who were adopted as a sibling group from Russia when they were seven, nine, and ten years old.