Compassionate Scottsdale Adoption Lawyers Help You Add to Your Family
Guiding you through the complex process of adoption
Under Section 8-103 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, any adult — whether married, unmarried or legally separated — is eligible to adopt children. A husband and wife may jointly adopt a child. Adoption is a long, arduous process. International adoptions, in particular, are challenging, as they involve foreign governments and their legal systems. At Clark & Schloss Family Law, P.C., we help Arizona residents navigate the process of adopting children.
The different types of adoptions
Various types of adoption are available under Arizona law, and each has unique features. Agency adoptions are those in which parents apply to an organization that helps find homes for children. Independent agencies generally have fewer restrictions on the beliefs and behavior of adoptive parents than those run by religious organizations.
The following are some other types of adoptions we regularly handle:
- Stepparent adoption. This commonly occurs when a parent remarries after a divorce or the death of a previous spouse. Stepparent adoption allows the new spouse to have legal rights and responsibilities for the children.
- Relative adoption. Sometimes parents are no longer able to care for their children, and siblings, grandparents or other relatives must step in.
- Adult adoption. Adult adoption is generally used for purposes of estate planning. A stepparent may adopt an adult stepson or stepdaughter to make the probate process easier.
Who can adopt a child in Arizona?
Under Section 8-103 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, the Arizona Department of Economic Security or an adoption agency can place a child in an adoptive home when it “best meets the safety, social, emotional, physical and mental health needs of the child.” Other factors the state considers when approving adoptions include:
- The marital status, length and stability of the marital relationship of the prospective adoptive parents
- Placement with the child’s siblings
- Established relationships between the child and the prospective adoptive family, including a grandparent or another member of the child’s extended family
- The prospective adoptive family’s ability to meet the child’s safety, social, emotional, physical and mental health needs and the ability to financially provide for the child
- The wishes of the child, if the child is 12 or older
- The wishes of the child’s birth parents, unless the rights of the parent have been terminated
- The availability of relatives, the child’s current or former foster parents or other significant persons to provide support to the prospective adoptive family and child
The statute says that, if all other factors are equal and the choice is between a married man and woman and a single adult, preference will be given to the married man and woman. At Clark & Schloss Family Law, P.C., we can help you navigate the complicated process of adopting a child.
Meet with an adoption lawyer in Scottsdale, AZ today
To make the adoption process easier on you and your family, work with an experienced family law attorney at Clark & Schloss Family Law, P.C. We offer free initial consultations and flexible office hours. Call us today at 602-789-3497 or contact us online. We have more than 60 combined years of experience helping Scottsdale, North Phoenix and Maricopa County residents with their family law issues.