The BAF Domestic Adoption
July 2023 Newsletter
From the Desk of Kelly Rourke-Scarry, President and CEO
Happy July! I hope it’s been going great so far. Here in Phoenix, the weather is just sizzling! Highs up to 118* Fahrenheit! Being pregnant can be uncomfortable enough, but I can’t imagine being pregnant and homeless in this heat! Despite the heat, there has been so much JOY around here! This month, we are celebrating the birth of eight babies, including a set of twins (photos next month)! These precious infants were placed in the loving arms of their adoptive families. We celebrate the gift of life, the blessing of parenting, and fresh starts for courageous, selfless birth mothers who chose bright futures for their babies. In other news, however, it is dangerously hot in
Phoenix, and the homeless population continues to grow. The largest homeless encampment is called the Zone, where violence, drugs, and desperation blend with elevated temperature due to the extreme heat. In the middle of this are pregnant women in crisis, some the victims of domestic abuse, others struggling with mental illness, addictions, human trafficking, sexual abuse, or a heartbreaking combination of all of them.
Finding these women and their unborn babies takes on an urgent tone as temperatures skyrocket. My cell phone is always on, and we tell women to reach out 24/7. They are desperate for help, but finding them is a challenge. Please help spread the word – please take a moment to print out the flyer and pass it out as you see women in need. Here is the link.
In the meantime, thank you for caring! When people join us in caring, lives change. I hope you will take as moment to watch Robin’s story. Word of mouth is how she found us, and now both she and her baby girl have a bright future, not to mention the joy of the adoptive family! It’s really such a miracle, and it can start with something as simple as handing out a flyer!
Thank you again, I’m so grateful!
All the best,
Building Arizona Families
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