There must be consent to the adoption
The birth parents must consent to the adoption in order for your Arizona adoption to be legal.
The adoptive parents will be investigated
If you are considering adopting a child, then you should expect an investigation, or home study, to occur. The goal is for a state agency and/or licensed social worker to gather enough information about you in order to determine if you are fit to raise an adopted child.
There is a court process
No matter who is handling your adoption, the adoption must be approved by a court.
Adoption petition and adoption hearing and order
Following a standard adoption petition, there may be an adoption hearing to determine if the adoption is in the child's best interest. The judge will then issue an order, often called a final decree of adoption, approving and finalizing the adoption.
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