Hi, this is Shawnna with Arizona Family Law Attorneys, formally the Law
Office of Shawnna Riggers, and I’d like to talk to you today about
the costs of
adoption through the foster care system here in Arizona. First, let’s clarify the name of the foster care
system. It used to be called CPS, which was Child Protection Services
under the Department of Economic Security. It’s now called the Department
of Child Safety, and it’s known as DCS.
The adoption process is very simple and the cost for it is usually paid
by DCS directly to your attorney about 30 days after the adoption has
been completed. Children adopted through the foster care system are known
as special needs children; this is a specific definition in the statute
and not necessarily a definition of what most people consider a special
needs child. For instance, a child could be considered special needs if
they are over the age of 5 or if it’s a sibling set being adopted.
Of course there are traditional special needs that are considered under
this factor including developmental disabilities and physical disabilities.
The one-time credit for the adoption expenses is up to $2,000 per child
and, again, that is paid directly by the department to your attorney.
If you work with my office, there are no immediate, out-of-pocket costs
with regard to your adoption at this time. I do wait for the payment to
be paid approximately 30 days after your adoption is completed, and I
also provided you with one certified copy of the Order of Adoption that
the judge signs off on your adoption finalization hearing day, and also
a check to obtain the new birth certificate that has all of the updated
information, listing you as the parent and also the name change for the child.
If you have any specific questions with regard to adoption through the
foster care system or the payment for the same, please feel free to give
us a call here at Arizona Family Law Attorneys. Our telephone number is