Because state laws vary, it's important to specifically understand relative adoption laws in Arizona. Although adoption by relatives in Arizona is sometimes easier than adoption by strangers, there is still the possibility of a delay or denial. If you want your adoption case to go smoothly, it is important to know what to expect, be prepared, and be familiar with Arizona adoption law. If you are the relative of a child and want to adopt in Arizona, be aware that:
  • 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.

If you have questions about adopting a child in Arizona, schedule a free and confidential consultation with a Phoenix family law attorney at 602-258-1000 or toll free at 888-929-5292. For additional answers to your questions, order a FREE copy of our book, Arizona Family Law: How to Handle Tough Issues in Tough Times.
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