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Domestic

Adoption

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

 John 14:18               

Adoption is a beautiful way to build a family. There are hundreds of thousands of children who are without a loving family right now in our country. Your family could be the perfect family to show God’s love and concern for a child in need.

Below you will find some general information about what the adoption process entails. Along the adoption journey, we are here to provide support, advice, and help in any way we can. Be sure to check out the Wrap Around Team page to tap into our resources.

the basic steps of the adoption process

step one: choose the type of adoption

You will need to decide whether to adopt through a private or public agency. As you examine these options, you will discover that there are advantages and disadvantages to each, so take your time and be thorough in your research.

To learn more about the types of domestic adoptions click here.

step two: select an agency or attorney

This decision impacts the practical, logistical and financial aspects of the adoption process. Our friends at AZ 1.27 will be a great resource for you or you can contact Chris and he will get you pointed in the right direction.

step three: complete a home study

After the agency has reviewed and accepted your application for adoption, you will need to complete a home study. The main goal of the home study is to evaluate the environment the child will be raised in and to help the adoptive parents prepare for parenting and the arrival of the child. There are several different ways to meet this state requirement. Your agency will advise you as to their preferred method. The assessment will include two or more visits with a social worker, at least one of which will take place in your home, and possibly some educational classes with other adoptive families. You will also be required to have a physical exam, fingerprints, and a background check. The average time for completion of the home study is approximately three months.

step four: placement or referral

Depending on what type of adoption you selected (Steps 1 & 2 above) will largely determine how a referral or placement will be made. There are thousands of waiting children in Arizona and across the country.

Thousands of Arizona children in foster care are waiting to be adopted by a loving forever family. The Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) adoption program guides families on the path to adoption.

The Heart Gallery is a way to explore the possibility of domestic adoption. At the Heart Gallery you can view profiles of children and express interest in providing a loving family for one or more of them.

Please visit http://www.childrensheartgallery.org for more information.

step five: finalization

After the parental rights of the birth parents have been terminated, the child has been in the home for at least six months, and the social worker has submitted a recommendation for approval, a judge will finalize the adoption by awarding the adoptive parents all legal rights and responsibilities.