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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Oct 13, 2016

Whether you’re struggling with infertility or you want to make a difference in a parentless child’s life, adoption is a very rewarding option to consider.  In the state of Arizona, any adult resident is eligible to qualify to adopt children. While this may seem promising, there are many requirements and a lengthy process you must pass before you can adopt a child of your own.

Arizona Adoption Laws

Arizona law requires any prospective adoptive parent to become certified by the court. In order to be certified, you must send in an application to the court. Your application must contain a number of things, including a financial statement and a physician’s statement of your physical health. The certification process also requires you to go through adoption orientation and training.

Of course you can’t become an adoptive parent without being investigated by the court or an adoption agency. An investigation allows the court to consider whether the prospective adoptive parents are fit to adopt. Factors the court considers include:

  • A complete social history
  • Financial condition
  • Moral fitness
  • Religious background
  • Physical and mental health
  • Any court action taken for child abuse or abandonment of children
  • The ability of you and every adult member of your household to successfully pass a fingerprint-based criminal history records check
  • All other relevant factors that pertain your fitness as an adoptive parents that the court, agency or division may believe is relevant

The adoption process is not always an easy one, but if you stick through it, it is very rewarding. Consider speaking to a local adoption agency. They can help provide you with guidance, training and support. It is also a great idea to interview with agencies in your county to find the one that best fits with you and your family.