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Adoption in Arizona Requires Patience and Diligence

Adoption in Arizona Requires Patience and Diligence

Adoption of a child is an act of goodness in the state of Arizona. In today's world, with blended families, it is more prevalent than ever. There are laws that govern this event and those are found in the Arizona Statutes 8-101 through 8-173. The following will help you understand who can be adopted and what the rules are so that you can be fully informed.

First, a child under the age of 18 may be adopted as long as they are not illegal aliens and are residing in the state of Arizona at the time the petition is filed with the court. The person adopting the child can be married, unmarried or legally separated as long as he or she is a legal resident of the state. The filing happens locally, in the county that the child lives in.

There is a procedure involved in adopting a child that requires you to be investigated by the authorities and that you be found acceptable. This authority will provide the court the proper documentation. One point that is interesting is that the governing authority doesn't have to provide this service to everyone who applies. Those wanting to adopt special needs children are usually put at the top of the list.

You have to supply a written application that includes a financial statement and a doctor's report on your physical health. You can see that this could quickly spin out of control if you forget one piece of the puzzle. Having a knowledgeable legal professional who can guide you through the process can be invaluable.

It also appears that you must submit fingerprints so that a background screening can be done. Unfortunately, if you are awaiting trial or have been convicted of a criminal offense, you need to mention that in the application.

The investigators also need to know your social history, moral fitness, religious background and mental health. This can mean months of waiting if you don't have an experienced legal representative to assist you. You may want to contact someone who knows the ins and outs of the obviously extensive adoption laws of the state of Arizona.

Source: Child Adoption Laws, "Chapter 1 , Adoption" Oct. 29, 2014

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