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Arizona Adoption If you are just starting your research into adoption, thank you for your interest in Adoption Choices of Arizona! The adoption process can be confusing and overwhelming without the proper guidance. There are a lot of details to review and many options to consider; we can help you throughout the process.

If you are already a certified or licensed adoptive parent and would like to join our Adoption Choices of Arizona network, please contact us so we can talk about your preferences in relation to the needs of our Arizona birth moms.

Arizona AdoptionWhat is a home study or certification study?

A home study or certification study is required for all individuals seeking to adopt in the state of Arizona. Arizona requires that all household members five years and older are interviewed and interviews shall occur on at least two separate occasions with no less than a total of four hours of face-to-face contact. If you have regular or seasonal visitors, they may also need to be interviewed and/or complete some of the paperwork.

The home study, along with the agency’s recommendation, is submitted to the Superior Court in the county in which you reside. The Court has up to sixty days to review and certify the applicant as being acceptable or not acceptable to adopt children based on the report and recommendations. If the court finds that the prospective adoptive parents are acceptable to adopt children, an adoption certification is issued and it will remain in effect for eighteen months from the date of its issuance. If no adoption petition has been filed within that time, certification can be extended for one year periods if the court determines that there have been no material changes in circumstances that would adversely affect the acceptability of the prospective parents to adopt.

Our office strives to make the certification process informative, seamless, and positive, while helping you discover the unique attributes you bring to parenting an adopted child. Our specialists are trained professionals who are compassionate and understanding with many years of experience in working with prospective adoptive parents. We will provide you with all the documents required to complete your home study, including the contract for services, application, financial statement, physician statements, and other agency paperwork.

Once you receive your adoption certification and have provided copies of your profile books to our agency, you are ready to be presented with adoption opportunities!

Need a Home Study? Have a Home Study?

The first step for all applicants (needing a home study or wanting to apply with our agency) is to complete an orientation to provide you with the necessary information about private adoption in Arizona, as well as Adoption Choices of Arizona. It is strictly for informational purposes and it is at no-cost to you. If you are married or in a relationship, it is best to have both of you available for the presentation. A copy of the presentation as well as the orientation paperwork will be provided to you at that time.

Once the paperwork has been submitted, our staff will contact your home study agency to obtain the necessary documents to create your file and will obtain additional information after you have been matched.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@adoptionchoicesofarizona.com
 
 

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Arizona Adoption Once your child is home, we complete the required post-placement supervisory visits. These required visits enable us to assist you and your child as you settle into becoming a family.

Post-placement supervision is required by the state of Arizona and all states. It is the period between the placement of a child with the adoptive parents and the time that the child’s adoption is finalized in court. The purpose of post-placement supervision is to gather the compulsory information that will be required for our agency to prepare written reports to the Court. The final report will recommend that the adoption petition be granted and state that finalization will be in the best interest of the child.

The number of post-placement visits required will vary state to state, based on the laws of the state whose agency has custody of the child. Arizona statutes require about 2-3 visits after placement, depending on when the adoption is finalized. The first visit must occur within 30 calendar days of the date of placement and occur every once every three months until the adoption is finalized. In cases when the adoptive child is a child with special needs, the visits shall occur at least once a month. Should a child be placed from a state other than Arizona, Adoption Choices of Arizona will adhere to the laws of that state and will provide visits and reports at more frequent intervals, for an additional fee.

Arizona Adoption Your family profile is often the birth parent’s first introduction to your family, so it should provide a picture of what the child’s life will be like with you. Show your unique personality and lifestyle through specific and descriptive examples of your activities, feelings, and relationships. Think about what you like to know about people when you first meet them and share that information about yourself. If you have children of your own and they had to be placed with someone who you did not know, what questions would you ask or what would you want to know? Nobody is perfect, so you do not need to portray your family as the utopia of all families.

As you write, it may sound like the biographical information in your home study. However, this is written TO THE BIRTH PARENTS, who will not see your home study. Any identifying information that is provided by the adoptive parents on any forms that are given to the birth parents will not be deleted since it is presumed that it is intentionally placed on the documents. Here are a few ideas to consider as you complete your profile book. Only include information that you are comfortable sharing. Do not feel obligated to answer every single question listed.

The Adoption Process

If you are just starting your research into adoption, thank you for your interest in Adoption Choices of Arizona! The adoption process can be confusing and overwhelming without the proper guidance. There are a lot of details to review and many options to consider; we can help you throughout the process.

If you are already a certified or licensed adoptive parent and would like to join our Adoption Choices of Arizona network, please contact us so we can talk about your preferences in relation to the needs of our Arizona birth moms.

The first step for all applicants (needing a home study or wanting to apply with our agency) is to complete an orientation to provide you with the necessary information about private adoption in Arizona, as well as Adoption Choices of Arizona. It is strictly for informational purposes and it is at no-cost to you. If you are married or in a relationship, it is best to have both of you available for the presentation. A copy of the presentation as well as the orientation paperwork will be provided to you at that time.

After you have completed the orientation, the following documents will need to be submitted to our office. Once the paperwork has been submitted, our staff will contact your home study agency to obtain all the required documents to create your file.

* Orientation Attended form and other orientation paperwork

* Adoption Choices of Arizona Application along with the non-refundable application fee

* Copies of Driver’s Licenses

* At least 5 copies of your profile book and 1 electronic PDF version

An adoption specialist is assigned to each of our birth mothers to support and help them prepare for their futures. When a birth mother chooses to start the adoption process, paperwork is completed and she is ready to view profiles. We only show your profile to birth mothers for whom you have already been sent information and have given your approval to present.

When you are chosen by a birth mother, you will sign a contract and send the total estimated amount of your adoption fees, expenses, and costs, which will be deposited into the agency escrow account.

In the meantime, start looking for an attorney in your area to handle the finalization of your adoption. Once you are matched, we will need to obtain a letter from your attorney. Please note that not all states require an attorney for finalization. www.adoptionattorneys.org

After the baby is born, you will sign a temporary custody placement agreement allowing the baby to leave the hospital with you. The placement agreement should be e-mailed to your insurance company to ensure that the baby will have medical coverage. Federal Law requires that insurance companies cover an adopted child from date of placement. However, you should check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage. If your baby is delivered outside of Arizona, other states have similar documents that you will sign, allowing you to provide the child with medical care while you are awaiting the final decree of adoption.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@adoptionchoicesofarizona.com

The Home Study Process

The home study (or certification study) will include:

1. A complete social history.

2. The financial condition of the applicant.

3. The moral fitness of the applicant.

4. The religious background of the applicant.

5. The physical and mental health condition of the applicant.

6. Any court action for or adjudication of child abuse, abandonment of children, dependency or termination of parent-child relationship in which the applicant had control, care, or custody of the child who was the subject of the action.

7. Whether the person or persons wish to be placed on the central registry

8. All other facts bearing on the issue of the fitness of the prospective adoptive parents that the court, agency, or division may deem relevant.

The home study, along with the agency’s recommendation, is submitted to the Superior Court in the county in which you reside. The Court has up to sixty days to review and certify the applicant as being acceptable or not acceptable to adopt children based on the report and recommendations. If the court finds that the prospective adoptive parents are acceptable to adopt children, an adoption certification is issued and it will remain in effect for eighteen months from the date of its issuance. If no adoption petition has been filed within that time, certification can be extended for one year periods if the court determines that there have been no material changes in circumstances that would adversely affect the acceptability of the prospective parents to adopt.

Our office strives to make the certification process informative, seamless, and positive, while helping you discover the unique attributes you bring to parenting an adopted child. Our specialists are trained professionals who are compassionate and understanding with many years of experience in working with prospective adoptive parents. We will provide you with all the documents required to complete your home study, including the contract for services, application, financial statement, physician statements, and other agency paperwork.

We will also need copies of the documents below (if applicable).

* Birth Certificates

* Marriage License

* Divorce Decree

* Employment/Income Verification

* Income Tax Returns for the last three years (1st page only)

* Bankruptcy discharge

* Social Security Cards or Passports

* Copy of Native American Heritage enrollment (if applicable)

* Arizona Driver’s licenses

* Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card – additional fees will apply (If you do not have one, we’ll provide the information for you to apply for one.)

* Health Insurance under which the child will be covered

* Life Insurance or Will information

* Auto insurance and registration

* Rabies vaccinations and licenses for all dogs

* Military discharge

* CPR training (if you have a pool or other body of water on the property)

* Photos of your family and home

Once you receive your adoption certification and have provided copies of your profile books to our agency, you are ready to be presented with adoption opportunities!

If you have any questions, please email us at info@adoptionchoicesofarizona.com

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of home studies do you provide?
1. Domestic adoptions

2. Designated adoptions (you locate the birth mother on your own)

3. Gestational carrier/surrogate home studies

How long does it take to complete the home study?
On average, the home study process takes about 4-6 months to complete. You can speed up the process by gathering the required documents, applying for the fingerprint clearance card, scheduling your medical appointments, and submitting your paperwork in a timely manner. Our staff works with your schedule and is available days, nights, and weekends.
What happens if the birth mother chooses to parent?
Our staff is trained to counsel birth mothers and provide all options to them. We strongly encourage all birth mothers to make their decision based on what they feel is the best for them and their babies. If a birth mother chooses to parent, we will discuss the next steps for you as soon as possible.
How open or closed will our adoption be?
Adoption is a shared gift of love between two families. Openness in adoption is a continuum and no single arrangement is right for everyone. Through careful consideration of options, a child-focused approach and commitment, you will be able to decide on the amount of openness that is right for your family. While birth parent and adoptive parent relationships may seem awkward at first, over time, the involved individuals typically become more comfortable with the plan they have chosen and pleased with their decisions. Creating openness between the birth family and the adoptive family provides a child with a lifetime of loving and meaningful relationships. Please remember, in open adoptions and semi open adoptions, the level of openness is changing and shifting throughout the adoption and after birth.

Confidential (Closed) Adoption

In a Closed Adoption, there is no contact between birth parents and adoptive parents except for the birth parents’ non-identifying social/medical information that is provided to the adoptive parents. This type of adoption is rare in private adoption situations due to social media and the internet.

Semi-Open Adoption

In a Semi-Open Adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents usually meet prior to the birth of the child, and the adoptive parents are often present for the birth. After placement, communication, such as pictures, texting, phone calls, letters and emails, may occur. Last names and addresses of both parties are not disclosed, unless otherwise agreed upon by the birth parents and adoptive parents. This type of adoption allows for some communication between the birth parents and adoptive parents while also maintaining some privacy. Keep in mind, the level of openness is always changing and shifting throughout the adoption and after placement; relationships change as time goes on.

Open Adoption

In an Open Adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents are in direct contact with one another and share identifying information with each other. This type of adoption may involve the methods listed above in the semi-open adoption as well as in-person visits, without going through the Agency. The plan for openness is decided and agreed upon by both the birth parents and the adoptive parents. Open adoptions allow the child to connect more easily to his or her birth parents and to maintain a relationship. Keep in mind, the level of openness is always changing and shifting throughout the adoption and after placement; relationships change as time goes on.

Learn more about the adoption process

Resources for Adoptive Families

resources 4 adoption
This website provides you with a database of adoption grants and loans and many resources to help you start the adoption process. www.resources4adoption.com

dave thomas foundation for adoption
The adoption assistance programs through Dave Thomas Foundation awards grants to adoption organizations that connect children with families, particularly adoption through foster care. The website provides general information about adoption, as well as prototypes for employer assistance programs.
www.davethomasfoundation.com

a child waits
The adoption assistance programs through A Child Waits are open to qualified couples and individuals who are seeking to adoption internationally.
www.achildwaits.org

national adoption foundation
The adoption assistance programs through National Adoption Foundation are available to any family whether they are adopting a child domestically, abroad, or from foster care.
www.nafadopt.org

family formation charitable trust
Formed to assist those in their efforts to form their families and to help children.
https://www.facebook.com/familyformationcharitabletrust

military subsides
Check with your local military office.

american academy of adoption attorneys
The mission of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Family Formation Charitable Trust is to provide financial assistance to those individuals and non-profit organizations seeking to build families through adoption and assisted reproductive technology.
http://www.adoptionattorneys.org/aaaa/charitable-trust/applications-for-grant

adoption loans
Check with your local bank on the availability of unsecured adoption loans, or how to qualify for a home equity line of credit. In addition, some employers allow loans against 401K plans.

 

Testimonials

Our Magical Little Boy

“I wanted to thank you both so much for everything you did for us. Without your dedication and expertise, we probably would not have our magical little boy."  
- Love, Shelby, Conor, and Owen

High On Our List

“And you and ACAZ are way high on our list of folks that we have worked with as well. After some of the hassles and headaches we've dealt with on other adoption endeavors, including the one that ultimately placed these twins with us, we realize now just how great and smooth you guys made the process (with our first adoption)."
- Mike & Michelle

Right Decision For Me

"When I first found out I was pregnant, I was totally freaked out. I knew there was no way I was going to have an abortion, but I knew I could not raise another child right now. The only right decision for me and my baby was to look at adoption. I had a friend who did adoption so I asked her for her counselors name. I am not sure what I would have done if not for Adoption Choices. My counselor was there for me every step of the way even on her day off sometimes. She always had great ideas but would never push me and she never judged me. In the hospital she was my voice when it was not such a good experience. Thanks so much."
- Michelle C. (Adoption Choices Birth Mom)

No One Knew

"No one knew I was pregnant. My plan was to have the baby and use Safe Haven at the hospital. When the hospital social worker told me CPS was Safe Haven or I could pick my own family through an adoption agency – I did not want my baby in a foster home so I called Adoption Choices. They were in my room in less than an hour, helped me with the paperwork and my discharge. I did this in the best interest of my baby. Sometimes I’m sad... but I know my baby is happy and in a wonderful home."
- Anonymous (Adoption Choices Birth Mom)

It's People Like You

"It's people like you that make the world for kids like me better. People like you who help children and parents makes me happy, because people like you helped me get adopted by my family. I can't thank you or others enough for that."

-Samantha W. 

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