Building Arizona Families is committed to the integrity of the adoption process.  This includes the protection of vulnerable children around the world, nurturing and caring for Arizona women experiencing crisis pregnancies, and walking beside hopeful adoptive families around the U.S. on their adoption journey.

We serve all involved with the deepest compassion and professional excellence.  Please read below and share with others about ways to prevent pregnant women, unborn children, and adoptive families from being taken advantage of in the most heartbreaking of ways – human trafficking.  We also recommend subscribing to the Birth Mother Matters podcast for further adoption education.



Pregnant women from the Marshall Islands were treated like property. Often these women did not even have a bed to sleep on, and many were paid off on the day of birth to give their babies away.




Adoptive families were promised legal adoptions of babies from the Marshall Islands. Luckily, for the time being, it appears that Marshall Islands adoptions facilitated by Paul Petersen will not be overturned.

Let’s hope not. And then there is the baby.  If their mother had not been paid handsomely to give them away at birth, would they have been given up for adoption?



According to Kelly Rourke-Scarry, M.Ed., co-founder, President and CEO of Building Arizona Families, Arizona’s largest adoption agency, there are key criteria adoptive families should investigate before adopting.

The most important criteria for international adoption is Hague accreditation. 
In the United States, international adoptions should be processed through a Hague accredited adoption agency to prevent abduction, sale, and trafficking of children. This is a rigorous accreditation process to protect the integrity of the adoption process.

Arizona adoption agencies should also state licensed.  They should be transparent about all adoption costs.  Relationships between birth mothers and adoptive families should be mutually agreed upon.  An adoption caseworker should be present to ensure that the best interests of the baby are protected at all costs.


About Kelly Rourke-Scarry, M.Ed., President & CEO of Building Arizona Families


Kelly Rourke-Scarry was adopted.  She is passionate about making sure that adoptions are in the best interest of the three parties involved in an adoption.  Mrs. Rourke-Scarry is available for interviews to discuss best practices to protect birth mothers, newborn babies, and Arizona’s adoptive families.  Mrs. Rourke-Scarry also hosts a podcast called “Birth Mother Matters” to educate society regarding adoption issues.


About Building Arizona Families


Building Arizona Families is a non-profit, Arizona licensed, Hague accredited adoption agency serving Arizona families since 2004.  Building Arizona Families provides adoptive and birth families with professional adoption services and place children through domestic infant, interstate, and international adoption programs. Building Arizona Families is dedicated to breaking down the barriers and obstacles of adoption and helping every child to find their forever family.  Building Arizona Families can be reached at 623-694-9864 or 480-349-2885.

To schedule Mrs. Rourke-Scarry, click here or call 623.936.4729