Tucson family adopts two kids during National Adoption Month

Published: Nov. 18, 2016 at 11:30 AM MST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2016 at 12:35 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - November is National Adoption Month, and this holiday season, 140 children in Arizona are getting forever homes.

According to the Department of Child Safety, there are more than 18,000 children in foster care in Arizona.

Jackie and Philip Freed have fostered 15 children over the past 6 years.

By the end of the month, they'll be able to call two children that they have been fostering for years their own.

"Children are my passion," said Jackie Freed. "I think every job that I have ever had has helped children in some way shape or form."

They adopted 4-year-old Sophia three years ago and soon the adoption of Jack and Jill will bring the total to three.

"From having no children to having three children…it is the most exciting time of my life," said Philip Freed. "I am having such a great time with them."

But it is an experience Philip never thought he would have.

"When I was 23 I had cancer so I can't have children, so this was my way to give back and be able to help by fostering children," he said.

Although now they are a family of five, the Freed family said they will still open their homes to kids who need them.

"We feel like this is our passion and this is going be something that we are going to always do," Jackie Freed said. "There are so many kids who need permanency and we are so fortunate to do that."

According to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona, below are some of the state requirements to become a foster parent --

  • You must be 21 years of age
  • You must be a legal resident of the United States
  • You can demonstrate financial security
  • You have space in your home (bedroom & bed(s) for the foster child(ren)
  • You must pass a CPS and criminal background check
  • You must attend 30 hours of training

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