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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 if I have custody of a child that I want to adopt, but am not certified?

If you currently have or will be given custody of a child that you intend to adopt, but are not certified you must file for temporary custody of the child.  The temporary custody order must be filed no more than 5 days after you received custody of the child.  A hearing at the Superior Court where you file will be held within 10 days to determine what is in the best interest of the child.  If the court grants your temporary custody order, you will then begin the certification process.


Adoption Information

Arizona State StatuteA.R.S. § 8-105

Arizona State Statute - A.R.S. § 36-1681