This will explain when you need one over the other. In Arizona, to adopt children that are not closely related to you, you typically need to become certified to adopt and an adoption agency is an entity that will help you through this process. They will come to your home and do the necessary steps to assist you in preparing the steps for you to become certified and submitting it to the court here in Arizona.
An adoption attorney assists a family that is certified or a family that may not need to be certified in completing the adoption thru the Arizona Superior Court. An adoption attorney will work with you as the adoptive parents or the birth mother in coordinating the process making sure all the necessary documents are signed and submitting it to the court for consideration. Some families need to have the adoption agency assist them in both pieces and some don't.
If you are interested in learning more please see our website or contact us to schedule a consultation so that we may provide you with advice tailored directly to your upcoming Adoption.