In Arizona, the Court’s ruling regarding a “Step-Parent Adoption” can occur very quickly if the biological parent is “willing to consent” to the Adoption. A biological parent will normally do this in order to terminate their duty to pay Child Support or to be relieved of any legal responsibilities they have regarding the child. Many times, “Grandparent Adoptions” occur due to the fact that both biological parents are not involved in the child’s life and are not equipped to properly raise the child. Finally, “Standard Adoptions” most commonly occur when a young girl becomes pregnant and is not ready to raise her own child. Normally she will consent to the Adoption and utilize an Adoption Agency or some other contact to help facilitate this process.
In Arizona, a “home study” is often required during the Adoption process. This process normally involves a social worker who will conduct a background investigation on the potential adopting couple, and they will interview the potential parents. Many times a “medical examination” is required in addition to analyzing financial history, family history and criminal history. Lastly, it is not uncommon for a “home tour” of the potential adopting family’s home to be conducted by a social worker. This is done in order to ensure that the potential adoptive parents can adequately provide for the child and that this will “be in the child’s best interests.”
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