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Child Adoption Information in Arizona

There are more than 18,000 children in Arizona foster homes, waiting to be part of a family. Some of these children have special needs, concerning their education, health and emotions. If you are planning to adopt a child in Arizona, you can browse through the list of Arizona waiting children based on the type of child or children you would like to adopt. Once someone shows interest, more detailed information about the child will be shared with the adoptive parents, and they will then have to go through the adoption preparation process.

What is Adoption?

Adoption is a legal process which permanently gives parental rights to the adoptive parents. The adopted child is taken into the family home of the adopting parents as a family member. Once adoption is granted, it cannot be reversed. The adopted child loses all legal ties with the birth parents and becomes a full and permanent member of the adoptive family. The adopted child usually takes the family’s name.

The parental rights are legally transferred to the new parents in the adoption process. The adoptive parents then have the same rights and responsibilities as parents as if that child was born to them. This ensures that the adopted child has all the emotional, legal, social, and familial benefits of biological children.

Who can Adopt?

The following conditions need to be met for someone to qualify to adopt in Arizona:

  • If the person is a legal adult resident of Arizona
  • If the person is single, married, divorced, or widowed
  • If the person meets the minimum age requirements; 21 years to foster and 18 years to adopt
  • If the person owns or rents a home or apartment

The Adoption Process

Anyone willing to adopt a child needs to contact a licensed adoption agency in the county they are living in. However, this does not mean that they have to adopt from the county they are living in. They can contact a public adoption agency, or a private adoption agency.

An adoption attorney can also be contacted to ensure that the birth parents have received counseling and they are confident about their decision to relinquish custody of their child. An adoption attorney will also ensure that the adopting parents get complete health and medical history of both the child as well as the birth family.

Cost for Adoption

Most public adoption agencies require payment of a fee of no more than $500 before a favorable report is submitted to the court. A contracted licensing agency in Arizona can charge $800 as adoption certification fee. Then there are additional costs involved such as fingerprinting, medical examination, court filing, and other adoption related costs. These can amount to anything between $100 – $300.

Contact an Adoption Attorney

Whether you are planning to adopt a teenager, toddler, infant, sibling group, or a school-aged child in Arizona, you need to contact an experienced adoption attorney. Contact the Cantor Law Group at (602) 254-8880 for a Free Initial Consultation.

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