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Adoption Eligibility Basics: Who May Place A Child for Adoption

Adoption Eligibility Basics: Who May Place A Child for Adoption

Generally speaking, any individual or entity that has the legal right to make decisions on behalf of a child or regarding the child’s care may place that child for adoption. Individuals who have this right typically include: birth parents, legal guardians, guardian ad litem, State departments of social services or child-placing agencies, etc. All states in the United States of America designate the persons or entities that have the authority to make adoptive placements.

Nonagency placements of children for adoption are often referred to as private or independent adoptions. One common type of nonagency adoption is the private adoption. This is the direct placement of a child by the birth parent in an adoptive family. Detailed statutory regulations are in place to protect the interests of the parties to private adoptions.

Arizona Rev. Stat. §§ 8-106; 8-130; 8-101 states that a child may be placed as follows:

  • The child’s birth or adoptive parent may consent to a direct placement or an agency placement.
  • A licensed child-placing agency or the Dept. of Economic Security may handle a direct placement or an agency placement.
  • A State-licensed attorney may handle direct placements to pre-certified families.

There are many Arizona children waiting to be a part of a family; waiting for their adoptive parents. Some of the children currently waiting for adoption have special educational, emotional or medical needs. Detailed information is shared with prospective adoptive parents during the adoption preparation process. To find out how you can qualify to become an adoptive parent, check the Adoption Eligibility Basics: Who May Adopt.

If you are in need of additional information regarding the placement of a child for adoption, Arizona adoption law or interstate adoption, contact Arizona Family Law Attorneys.
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