Adoption of a child is an act of goodness in the state of Arizona. In today's
world, with blended families, it is more prevalent than ever. There are
laws that govern this event and those are found in the Arizona Statutes
8-101 through 8-173. The following will help you understand who can be
adopted and what the rules are so that you can be fully informed.
First, a child under the age of 18 may be adopted as long as they are not
illegal aliens and are residing in the state of Arizona at the time the
petition is filed with the court. The person adopting the child can be
married, unmarried or legally separated as long as he or she is a legal
resident of the state. The filing happens locally, in the county that
the child lives in.
There is a procedure involved in adopting a child that requires you to
be investigated by the authorities and that you be found acceptable. This
authority will provide the court the proper documentation. One point that
is interesting is that the governing authority doesn't have to provide
this service to everyone who applies. Those wanting to adopt special needs
children are usually put at the top of the list.
You have to supply a written application that includes a financial statement
and a doctor's report on your physical health. You can see that this
could quickly spin out of control if you forget one piece of the puzzle.
Having a knowledgeable legal professional who can guide you through the
process can be invaluable.
It also appears that you must submit fingerprints so that a background
screening can be done. Unfortunately, if you are awaiting trial or have
been convicted of a criminal offense, you need to mention that in the
The investigators also need to know your social history, moral fitness,
religious background and mental health. This can mean months of waiting
if you don't have an experienced legal representative to assist you.
You may want to contact someone who knows the ins and outs of the obviously
extensive adoption laws of the state of Arizona.
Source: Child Adoption Laws, "Chapter 1 , Adoption" Oct. 29, 2014