Once you have made the huge decision to adopt a child, you have steps that
the legislature of Arizona says you need to take to ensure that you are
ready, willing and able to adopt in this state. The adoption code is similar
in each state, but there are a few that are different and unique to the
state of Arizona.
You have to make an appearance before the court to certify that you are
acceptable to adopt children. The Arizona Department of Child Safety is
the agency that governs the adoption process. You will get your certification
when you have submitted a written application and have attended the orientation
You have to provide a social history and references that will be contacted
to ensure that you are suitable for the adoption process. Not only will
your finances be looked over, your moral fitness will also be examined.
You may want to get a professional, such as an attorney, involved in this
process early, so he or she can help you with the fine tuning this process
Have you been in court in the past for child abuse allegations? This may
come back to haunt you even if it was proven not to be true. You will
have a level two background screening performed, as will every adult member
of the family that resides in the home the
adoptive child will be in.
The law says that any child under the age of 18 or a foreign-born person
under the age of 21 can be adopted. If you provided a foster home to a
juvenile, you may adopt this child. If the child is 12 or older, his or
her permission must be obtained before you can officially adopt him or
her into your family.
Knowing the ins and outs of adoption can help you and your team in the
long run and will also keep you informed along the process.