My husband and I are the parents 3 beautiful girls, ages 11, 8 and 6. We live in the remote, unincorporated community of Elfrida, in southeastern Arizona. My husband is a Border Patrol agent, stationed at the Douglas station. We love our community, it is a great place to raise our children.
Two of our daughters are adopted from the foster Care system. Our youngest, a surprise blessing that we thought might never happen. As we planned to adopt, we became foster parents first so that we could prepare ourselves to grow our family with a child. It was also very important to us to adopt a child that was in the system. When the adoption agency came to us with two sisters, we knew that we had the heart and the home for more than one child. The girls had been bounced around the system for years and we probably would have taken the other siblings if they had not already been adopted.
As children adopted through the state system, the girls will be on AHCCCS until they are 18. The girls came from a trauma situation and it is important for them to receive regular medical and behavioral health services as well as medications. Knowing they would have extended medical care was a factor in adopting.
Through AHCCCS, it is a huge advantage for the girls to get medical care through specialists close here in Tucson so that we are not forced to make the 4-hour drive to Phoenix.
We are also fortunate to have the Chiricahua Medical Center right here in Elfrida and a newly opened emergency room in Douglas. With 3 kids we can visit the doctor quite often.
We are a happy family and I am fortunate to be a stay at home mom so that I can give my children the care and stable environment they deserve.