If you’ve ever wondered whether angels exist, then you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Kim Vehon, a tireless advocate for foster children and the newest national Angels in Adoption Honoree.
Kim, the CEO and founder of Foster Arizona, a Phoenix-based non-profit focused on educating, encouraging, and empowering Arizonans to positively impact the lives of kids in foster care, was recognized nationally as a 2018 Angels in Adoption Honoree by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. The program honors individuals and organizations making extraordinary contributions to adoption, permanency and child welfare. Nominations can only be submitted by active Members of Congress.
One of two Arizonans who received the honor, Kim was nominated by Representative Andy Biggs for her outstanding commitment to and advocacy for adoption and foster care issues in the state. In receiving the award, she joins well-known national foster care and adoption champions, including Muhammad Ali, First Lady Laura Bush, Katherine Heigl, Al Roker, and Jayne Seymour.
Kim founded Foster Arizona five years ago in response to the growing number of children needing homes and the urgent need for Arizonans to get involved in the foster care crisis. In Arizona, nearly 16,000 children are in the foster-care system, according to the Arizona Department of Child Safety.
Kim and her husband are parents to seven children – four were adopted through foster care, and three are theirs by birth. They live in Mesa.
Through education and advocacy campaigns backed by sponsors and an annual fundraising gala, Foster Arizona strives to empower ordinary people to foster hope and change a life forever. This year’s Cultivating Hope Gala is being held Saturday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Phoenix Zoo.
For more information, visit fosterarizona.org.