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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.

Who may adopt in Arizona?

Any adult (age 18 or older) resident of Arizona, whether married, unmarried, widowed or legally separated is eligible to qualify to adopt children.  A husband and wife may jointly adopt children.

For Arizona families wanting to adopt children living in a different state, an adoption referral must be sent from the Arizona ICPC (Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children) office to the state in which the child resides and a home study must be completed.

For out-of-state families wanting to adopt an Arizona child, the process is similar, however, the adoption referral needs to be initiated from the state ICPC office in which the family resides and sent to Arizona as the child is in the care, custody and control of Arizona.

In cases where there is an ICPC, families must receive approval thru their state ICPC office and, in some states, receive certification from the court to adopt. Arizona now provides families the option of finalizing ICPC adoptions either in Arizona or the state where the child is currently residing.

Response provided by the Arizona Department of Child Safety