The requirements for adopting a child in Arizona vary, depending on the type of adoption you are pursuing. For example, adopting an infant in AZ will have different requirements than adopting a child from foster care. Likewise, there are different requirements to adopt a child internationally than adopting a child domestically.
In Arizona, any adult resident is eligible to adopt, as long as they can meet the social, physical, emotional, safety, and mental health needs of the child. Here are some answers to other common questions potential adoptive parents have regarding adoption requirements in Arizona:
Any adult resident of Arizona, whether single, married, separated, divorced or widowed, may adopt. Husbands and wives may adopt jointly. However, if all relevant factors are equal and the choice of adoptive parents is between a single adult and a married man and woman, the married couple will receive preference for adoption
Yes. Same-sex couples can petition for joint adoption. LGBT couples are welcome to adopt through American Adoptions in Arizona.
According to the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS), any adult age 18 or older is eligible to adopt. However, adoption professionals may have different preferences about what is a suitable age range for being an adoptive parent. For example, American Adoptions prefers potential adoptive parents to be between age 22 and 50, but exceptions have been made. The Arizona DCS requires adults to be at least 21 years old to become a foster parent.
During the home study, the prospective adoptive parents and any adult living in the home must confirm whether they are awaiting trial or have been convicted of a criminal offense. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, in Arizona, a person convicted of assault or battery or human, labor, or sex trafficking will not be approved. Persons convicted of a drug-related crime will also be disqualified.
If their home study is denied, the applicant will receive written notice as to why, and an explanation of their right to petition the court.
Arizona has general legal qualifications for adoption that must be met to adopt a child. Potential adoptive families should also prepare for the following factors taken into consideration by adoption agencies:
You don’t need to be in perfect health to adopt a child in AZ, but you do need to be able to meet the physical demands of raising an infant or child. During the home study process, you must submit a physician’s report of physical health. The overall health of your family will be considered by adoption agencies like American Adoptions.
You don’t need to be wealthy to adopt a child. As part of your home study, you will be required to submit a financial statement, indicating that you are in fiscally stable enough to raise a child. In Arizona, you may own or rent your house or apartment.
Potentially, the emotional requirements are the most important in the adoption process in AZ. While you can’t submit a document stating you are emotionally ready to adopt a child in Arizona, you need to be sure you meet the following emotional requirements:
Moving on from the grief of infertility and being open to the dream of having a child through adoption instead of biologically
Being on the same page as your spouse regarding your intention to adopt. An adoption can only be successful if both partners share the same enthusiasm and goals for the adoption.
Educating yourself about the requirements for adoption in AZ, and being prepared to handle the ups and downs that come with the process.
Deciding how and when you are going to talk to family and friends about the adoption. It may make sense to only tell a few close friends and relatives at first.
Preparing yourself for the relationship you will have with your child’s birth family, and understanding that you will need to let go of the expectations of being biologically related to your child.
Staying excited about and committed to adoption, through the good times and the bad times. The success of your adoption is dependent upon this enthusiasm.
To find out if you meet the qualifications to adopt a child in Arizona, call 1-800-ADOPTION now.
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