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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:00 am | Updated: 10:08 am, Tue Jul 30, 2013.

Sometimes hope can blossom into something beautiful. That’s what happened when a group of dedicated Valley women started a grass-roots effort to help children lingering in the Arizona foster care system. The result: Hope Village AZ, an intergenerational community of adoptive children who seek permanent “forever” parents and active older adults who will mentor and support the families.

In 2005, while working at St. Joseph’s Hospital, pediatric nurse practitioner Marie Lanzon vented her frustration about the failings of the foster care system to Dr. Robin Blitz, a developmental pediatrician. Blitz told her about a way she could help: become a court-appointed special advocate (CASA), to advocate and be an unbiased voice for foster children in the courtroom.

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