Adoption Agencies in Arizona
If you are a pregnant woman or birth mother please click here to see information that is geared to your needs.
If you are an adopting family we believe you will find the information below helpful. We begin by giving you information regarding child adoption law in Arizona (what you can and can't do) and then provide you with information on children available for adoption in Arizona. We then relate how we can assist you during the adoption process and finally we provide a list of licensed Arizona adoption agencies which you browse through for additional information.
Arizona Child Adoption Laws
Before starting to search for a child to adopt or an agency to assist you, it is important that you understand how the adoption laws in Arizona may affect your decisions. Making informed decisions is the best way of increasing your chances of adopting a child. By way of example, we have listed below a few of the important parts of Arizona child adoption law including such topics as adoption expenses and the critical issue of ending the biological parental rights (called a Consent, Relinquishment or Surrender).
State Regulation of Adoption Expenses
Birth Parent Expenses Allowed
Citation: § 8-114(A)-(B)
Reasonable and necessary expenses, including medical and hospital costs for the birth mother and child
Legal and agency fees
Any other costs the court finds reasonable and necessary
A payment exceeding $1,000 for birth mother living expenses must be approved by the court.
Birth Parent Expenses Not Allowed
Citation: § 8-114(G)
Expenses that the court finds to be unauthorized or unreasonable
Allowable Payments for Arranging Adoption
Citation: § 8-114(D)
An attorney may be paid for services in connection with an adoption, but only in such amounts as the court approves as reasonable and necessary.
Allowable Payments for Relinquishing Child
Citation: § 8-114(C)
Except as provided, a person shall not be directly or indirectly compensated for giving or obtaining consent to place a child for adoption.
Accounting of Expenses Required by Court
Citation: § 8-114(E), (H)
The petitioner shall file a verified accounting of all fees, payments, or commitments of anything of value.
The birth mother must submit a signed affidavit asserting she understands that payment of expenses does not obligate her to place the child for adoption.
All cases shall be reviewed by the court for reasonableness and necessity of expenses.
Consent to Adoption
Who Must Consent to an Adoption
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 8-106(A), (C)
The court shall not grant an adoption of a child unless consent to adopt has been obtained and filed with the court from the following:
The birth or adoptive mother
The father, if he:
Was married to the mother at the time of conception
Is the adoptive father
Has otherwise established paternity
Any guardian of the child or agency that has been given the child to place for adoption
The guardian of an adult parent, if one has been appointed
Minority of the parent does not affect competency to consent.
Age When Consent of Adoptee is Considered or Required
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 8-106(A)
A child age 12 or older must consent to the adoption in open court.
When Parental Consent is not Needed
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 8-106(B), (J)
It is not necessary for a person to obtain consent to adopt from the following:
An adult parent for whom a guardian is currently appointed
A parent whose parental rights have been terminated by court order
A parent who has previously consented to an agency's or the division's placement of the child for adoption
A potential father who fails to file a paternity action and who does not comply with all applicable service requirements within 30 days after completion of service of notice waives his right to be notified of any judicial hearing regarding the child's adoption or the termination of parental rights, and his consent to the adoption or termination is not required.
When Consent Can Be Executed
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 8-107(B)
Any consent given sooner than 72 hours after the birth of the child is invalid.
Revocation of Consent
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 8-106(D)
Consent is irrevocable unless obtained by fraud, duress, or undue influence.
Registry/Paternity Requirements to Receive Notice
Citation: § 8-106.01(A)(B)
A putative father may file prior to the child's birth or within 30 days after the child's birth.
Registration requires a completed Department of Health Services form, signed by the putative father.
Please visit adoption law in Arizona for more details.
Are Children Available for Adoption in Arizona
Yes, through both public and private adoption agencies. For example, in 2004, Arizona had 2,119 children in the welfare system waiting to be adopted of whom 67 were under the age of 1 year, and 947 were between ages 1-5 years old. The actual number of children adopted through Arizona public child welfare agencies was only 729, which represents only a small portion of the total number of all Arizona adoptions (exact numbers are not available at this time).
Remember that while you may be a resident of Arizona, you are not limited to adopting a child from Arizona. You can adopt a child born in Arizona, a child born in any other U.S. state, or even a foreign born child. What is important for you to understand is that infants and children are available for adoption in Arizona, in each of the other the 49 states, and in many foreign countries
Can We Assist You with a Child Adoption in Arizona
Yes, we can help you and so can any licensed child adoption agency (we have listed several below). By way of introduction to Adoption Services, Inc, I will relate to you a little about myself and our child adoption agency.
Almost 40 years ago I (Dr. Vince Berger) began working as a psychologist with pregnant teens in the Pittsburgh city school system. It was very challenging because in those days there were very few services for these young women, society was not yet accepting of unmarried and/or pregnant teens, and the word "adoption" was hardly ever used.
I loved the work I was doing and knowing that I was personally able to help so many of the pregnant women I was working with. But something was missing - I did not feel I was helping people enough. So, I set out to provide the personal and professional care that a birth mother and adopting family need and deserve in the adoption process.
I started a full service, non-profit adoption agency. Not just any agency, but one that was, and still is, dedicated to helping birth parents and adopting families receive the best and most comprehensive of adoption related services. Over the past 20 years, my staff and I have helped over 9,000 adopting families, birth parents, their babies and children.
I love helping people. I work 6 days a week and answer calls at all hours. The hours I put in are long but never hard, since I find so much joy and strength in helping others.
I hope that you will call me or my staff so we can help you in the adoption process. However, if you don't want to call us, then please review the agencies listed here and give one of them a call. Do not give up until you get the help and attention you need and deserve.
Thank you for letting us help, and good luck.
and the staff of Adoption Services
Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK)
2320 North 20th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone: (602) 254-2275
Fax: (602) 212-2564
Toll-Free: (800) 568-2614
Arizona's Children Association (AzCA)
2700 South Eighth Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 622-7611
Fax: (520) 624-7042
Toll-Free: (800) 947-7611
Adoption Choices of Arizona
2516 E. University Dr., Ste. 130
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Toll-free: (888) 422-9912
Building Arizona Families
6027 North 132nd Drive
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Phone: (623) 936-4729
Fax: (623) 936-4729
Toll-Free: (800) 340-9665
Catholic Social Services of Central and Northern Arizona
1825 West Northern Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone: (602) 997-6105
Fax: (602) 943-0377
Catholic Social Services of Central and Northern Arizona
430 North Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: (480) 964-8771
Fax: (480) 964-8865
Christian Family Care Agency (CFCA)
6063 East Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone: (520) 296-8255
Fax: (520) 296-8773
Christian Family Care Agency, Inc. (CFCA)
3603 North 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85013-3638
Phone: (602) 234-1935
Fax: (602) 234-0022
Toll-Free: (800) 939-5432
3014 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone: (480) 945-2221
Family Service Agency
411 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone: (602) 264-9891
Hand in Hand International Adoptions
931 East Southern Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85204
Phone: (480) 892-5550
Fax: (480) 892-7322
International Child Foundation, Inc. (ICF)
302 East Suffolk Drive
Tucson, AZ 85704
Phone: (520) 531-9931
International Family Services (IFS)
5564 East Garnet Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85206
Phone: (480) 924-1779
Toll-Free: (800) 619-8435
LDS Family Services of Snowflake
641 South Main
Snowflake, AZ 85937
Phone: (520) 536-4117
Fax: (520) 536-7626
Oasis Adoption Services, Inc. (OAS)
11795 North Via De La Verbenita
Tucson, AZ 85737
Phone: (520) 579-5578
Fax: (520) 579-5578
Toll-Free: (866) 579-5578
Domestic Child Adoption Agencies in Other States
If you are looking for a child adoption agency simply click the link below for the state to see a list of the adoption agencies in that state.
Why You Need an Adoption Consultant
There are many risks when you go to adopt a child including losing a child after you have already taken them home (referred to as a disruption), loosing all of the money you have invested in the adoption if the birth mother changes her mind, or finding that there are previously unknown or undisclosed fees that may appear. Dr Berger has helped thousands of adopting families with domestic adoptions and international adoptions and he is available to assist you no matter what type of adoption you chose to pursue and regardless of whether you work with an adoption agency, facilitator or adoption attorney. He can help you save your time, effort and money in helping you to decide what routes to take and the best way to achieve your goal of adopting a child. He can help reduce your risks and potential pain and can help you avoid many of the problems and pitfalls found in the adoption process. You can read and download his free adoption manual or, for more information on how he can help you, please visit his Adoption Consultant link.