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FAQ - Adoption

Arizona Civil Legal Needs Community Survey

Civil legal organizations in Arizona are seeking your input to increase their ability to meet the civil legal needs of Arizona's lower income residents. Please complete this survey to assist in improving civil legal services in Arizona.

Encuesta de Necesidades Legales Civiles de Arizona

Las organizaciones legales civiles en Arizona buscan su opinión para aumentar su capacidad de satisfacer las necesidades legales civiles de los residentes de bajos ingresos de Arizona. Por favor complete esta encuesta para ayudar a mejorar los servicios legales civiles en Arizona.

What is required to adopt in Arizona?

In Arizona adoptive parent(s) must be certified by the court as acceptable to adopt children. The certification process includes:

  • a written application 
  • adoption orientation and training
  • a certification investigation and report to the court that considers the prospective adoptive parents' fitness to adopt children and includes:
  • social history and references
  • finances
  • moral fitness
  • physical and mental health
  • any court action regarding child abuse
  • the ability of you and every adult member of your household to successfully pass a fingerprint-based criminal history records check
  • any other relevant information 
Response provided by the Arizona Department of Child Safety