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FAQ - Adoption

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:

  • 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