Is it possible to adopt a child in Arizona if I am a grandparent of the child?

Yes. In fact, although there are unique challenges to relative adoptions in Arizona, many of these cases are treated less formally than other types of adoption. Under Arizona law, certain relations (such as grandparents) do not need to be certified, although the biological parents generally must terminate their parental rights. In certain Arizona counties, a "social study" may be necessary before an adoption by a relative.

Although it seems counterintuitive, adoption in AZ by a stepparent or cousin is not generally considered adoption by a relative. Such an adoption has a different set of rules.

If you have questions about adopting a child in Arizona, schedule a free and confidential consultation with a Maricopa County 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.