Bethany Durham has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a passion for storytelling. Her writing for Catholic Charities has included blogs, newspaper and magazine articles. She enjoys telling client stories in a way that captures the humanity and emotions of those she writes about. When she’s not working, Bethany loves to spend time with her two cats, hike and sing karaoke.
Kristine hadn’t been using for long and didn’t think she had a problem. But when her addiction to substances led to the removal of her daughter from the home, she knew she had to change. She began working with Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. (Families in Recovery Succeeding Together) and now has a job, her daughter back and a new outlook on life.
Serra's struggle with addiction landed her in jail and left her reeling from the removal of her daughter. With the help of the Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. (Families in Recovery Succeeding Together) program, which assists parents with addiction to substances who are referred by DCS in obtaining sobriety, she is now sober and has regained custody of her daughter.
Being raised in a community that valued faith and action, Jesse and Adam knew they wanted to become foster parents even before they had biological children. In November 2021, they finalized their adoption of three siblings. “It changed everything and changed nothing. You know this is the relationship that you’ve chosen, that God’s giving you,” said Jesse.
For therapeutic foster children, who struggle with mental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties, participating in enriching childhood activities like summer camp can be a challenge. That’s why Catholic Charities and its partner MATFORCE, an organization aimed at reducing substance abuse, worked to bring the summer camp experience to therapeutic foster children in Prescott and Yavapai County.