Adopting a child can be a very rewarding experience. Whether you are childless and want a baby, adopting a step-child or are a grandparent who wants what is best for your grandchild, the laws of Arizona are set up so that the best interests of the child come first. There are a lot of steps that need to be followed so getting a legal representative involved early can be a game changer for you.
While some of the laws of Arizona governing adoption are the same as some other states, it is still important to know that the Arizona Statute Number 8-101 through 8-145 covers everything you need to research.
First, you will need to go before the court and get certified before you even start the process of adopting.. Arizona requires that you, through the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS), have this certification.
The process involves a written application. This application has to come from you and will be reviewed by DCS. You also have to attend the adoption orientation and training. Your next step is to go through a certification investigation that looks at your entire life.
So many people who want to adopt get frustrated and simply stop. You don't have to be one of those people. Getting an attorney who can help and guide you through this process may be a good idea. If you think that you may miss a step, he or she can assist you because of the in-depth knowledge that this person has.
Some of the areas that the Arizona DCS will investigate are your finances, your moral fitness and whether you can pass a physical and mental evaluation. Have you had a court action against you because you allegedly abused a child? Did you know that you have to submit to a level two background screening?
You can get help. A professional who knows the ropes can be invaluable.
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