When you are trying to adopt a child, whether you want to be new parents or if you are a step-parent wanting to complete the legal process in order to call this child your own, you will want to look at some of the rules of law that Arizona has in place. You may also want to talk to a professional who can answer your questions, because the rules governing adoption are extensive.
Before the adoption can take place, the prospective adoptive parent must petition to adopt a child and be certified. After this takes place, there are other steps to take to ensure that you are able to provide a home for the child and are deemed acceptable to adopt. The court, an Arizona state agency or a division of adoption, will get a certificate that permits you to move forward.
This process doesn't obligate the state to accept your application for certification, though. If you are adopting a special needs child, you will likely be approved and even have your certification moved to the top of the list.
The division that is processing your certification must receive a financial statement to attest to your ability to provide for the child. Along with that statement, a doctor's statement regarding you and your spouse's medical state of being must also be submitted. There will most likely be either an interview or a home visit to establish that you and your spouse are acceptable parents-to-be.
Can you begin to see that you may need a person who is totally familiar with every step you need to take to get an adoption to go through successfully?
In addition to the other qualifications, you both will need to have a valid fingerprint clearance, and a level two background screening. If you are in the process of waiting for a trial accusing you of a criminal offense, this will need to be disclosed as well.
Arizona Family Law Attorneys offers many years of adoption experience. It can be daunting to try and do this yourself. With the rules that are in effect before you can even get to court to adopt, you will want someone in your corner who can help guide you through the process.