Our Services, Your Adoption
Domestic adoption (or private domestic adoption) refers to the placement of U.S. born infants for adoption by their birth parents, who legally consent to the adoption with an adoptive family of their choosing. Learn how domestic adoption works with Adoption Choices of Arizona by contacting us!
What 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of home studies do you provide?
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?
What happens if the birth mother chooses to parent?
How open or closed will our adoption be?
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.
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.
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.
Resources for Adoptive Families
Schedule an Orientation with Adoption Choices of Arizona
dove men+care paternity leave fund
A $1 million commitment to fund paid paternity leave for real dads across the country over the next two years. Dove’s fund will extend $5,000 grants to dads without access to paid leave so they can spend time with their children and show how paternity leave benefits families, workplaces, and communities. Take the Pledge for Paternity Leave here.
help us adopt
Helpusadopt.org is a national 501(c)(3) financial grant program that helps couples/individuals (regardless of ethnicity, gender, marital status, religion, or sexual orientation) with the cost of their adoptions by awarding grants up to $15,000.
gift of adoption
This organization provides adoption assistance grants that give vulnerable children a permanent home and the chance to thrive. www.giftofadoption.org
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.
a child waits
The adoption assistance programs through A Child Waits are open to qualified couples and individuals who are seeking to adoption internationally.
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.
family formation charitable trust
Formed to assist those in their efforts to form their families and to help children.
Check with your local military office.
academy of adoption and assisted reproduction attorneys
The mission of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction 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.
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.
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