Who must give consent for an adoption in Arizona?

Arizona law is very specific regarding who will need to provide consent for adoption. According to the statutes, the birth mother must give her consent to the adoption. The birth father will also need to provide his consent if he was married to the birth mother at the time the baby was conceived, currently has the adoptive child or if he has established paternity.

If the child has been placed with a guardian or agency for adoption, that guardian or agency will need to provide consent to the adoption. The child’s consent will also be considered if he or she is twelve years or older.

There are also many circumstances in which parental consent is not needed. It is best to talk with an experienced Arizona adoption lawyer who will be able to explain consent in more detail.

For legal advice or additional answers to your questions, feel free to contact the law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC by calling 602-258-1000 or toll free at 1-888-9AZLAWCOM (888-929-5292).  You can also read our article, 7 Common Questions Asked About Arizona Adoption, which will provide more insight into Arizona adoption.