5 Things You Need to Know about Adoption in Arizona

While some people – adoptive parents and birthparents – use popular websites to post and respond to ads for adoption, we do not recommend this course of action. Instead we recommend talking to an attorney about adoption in Arizona like Stuart & Blackwell, so that you have a comprehensive understanding of your rights and obligations when it comes to being an adoptive parent or birth parent.

1. Arizona is adoption friendly for all married couples. Historically Arizona has been a relatively adoption friendly state for married couples. Gay couples struggled because they weren’t given the same preference for adoption. Now that same sex marriage is legal, same sex couples have the same rights as other married couples when it comes to adoption.

2. Consent for adoption. While some states require a waiting period, consent for adoption in Arizona can be signed as soon as 72 hours after the birth of a child. Unless there is fraud, duress, or undue influence, the consent is irrevocable.

3. Birth mothers are the decision makers. Even if she is under 18 years of age, the state of Arizona recognizes a mother’s consent to give her child up for adoption. She is typically the one to give this consent unless her rights have been taken away or she is deceased.

4. Birth father consent. The only time a consent for adoption is required of the birth father is if he was married to the birth mother in the 10 months preceding the birth of the child or if the mother names him as the father. In the case that they were married, he must consent to the adoption even if he is not the biological father.

5. Step-parent adoption. While most adoptive parents need to be certified as acceptable to adopt, step-parents do not. If the child’s other parent is alive, they must provide consent to adopt unless their parental rights have been terminated by the court.

While we aim to provide accurate information about adoption and other family law matters, we can never answer all of your questions. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with your Arizona adoption.


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