Valley family shares adoption story

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

MESA, Ariz. -- May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. There are nearly 15,000 kids in Arizona's foster care system, and one east Valley family is hoping to spread the word when it comes to the need for foster and adoptive families.

The Swanson family is growing. Julie and Scott Swanson had three biological children but felt called to adopt more, so they turned to the Child Crisis Center. The Swansons say the agency helped them turn their motivation into reality.

Through foster care, and eventually adoption, their family has grown to eight, with six children ranging from 3 to 14 years old. They say the road hasn't always been smooth, but they can't imagine their family any other way.

The Swansons hope their story will encourage other families to learn more about foster care and adoption.

You can take part in a special fundraiser for the Child Crisis Center. There is a pizza luncheon at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa Friday at noon. Tickets are $10, or you can bring a donation gift like diapers, blankets or clothing for kids at the Child Crisis Center. For more information visit

To learn more about foster care or adoption and the Child Crisis Center, go to