- A relative is defined by Arizona law as an uncle, aunt, adult sibling, grandparent, or great-grandparent of the child.
- Adoptive relatives covered under AZ law generally do not have to be certified by the court as acceptable.
- Certain Arizona counties will require a "social study" before an adoption by a relative is allowed, which will generally require a fee.
- Both biological parents generally must consent or otherwise terminate their parental rights.
- The Indian Child Welfare Act may affect your case if the child you wish to adopt is a member of a tribe or eligible for membership in a tribe.
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