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Adoption Eligibility Basics: Who May Adopt

Adoption Eligibility Basics: Who May Adopt

In order for an adoption to take place, the child up for adoption must be placed in the home of a person or family that is eligible to adopt. State law dictates both who is eligible for adoption and who is eligible to be adopted. States also have laws in place that designate who has the authority to make adoption placements.

Basic Adoption Eligibility: Who May Adopt

  • Any single adult or married couple can be eligible to adopt.
    • Stepparents can adopt the birth children of their spouse.

Relevant Factors that can Affect Adoption Placement Include:

  • Marital Status
  • Length and Stability of the Marital Relationship of the Prospective Adoptive Parents
  • Placement with Siblings
  • Previously Established Relationships Between the Child and the Prospective Adoptive Family
  • Ability to Meet the Child’s Safety, Social, Emotional, Physical and Mental Health Needs
  • The Wishes of the Child when the Child is Age 12 or Older
  • The Wishes of the Child’s Parents (unless the birth parents’ rights have been terminated by the court)
  • Availability of Relatives, the Child’s Current/Former Foster Parents, etc. to Provide Support
If you have additional questions about Arizona adoption eligibility, get in touch with the expert family law attorneys at Arizona Family Law Attorneys.
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