Adoption Attorney in Phoenix & Scottsdale
Providing Representation in Paradise Valley, Greater Phoenix & Maricopa County
Adoption proceedings can become complicated and emotional. Sometimes the biological parents change their minds, or they make unreasonable demands. You may be adopting because you married someone with children and you want to be legally responsible for them. There are so many different adoption scenarios, and each case brings with it a new set of rules and considerations. At Rader, Sheldon & Stoutner, PLLC, our family lawyers in Scottsdale have the necessary experience and knowledge to guide you through any adoption situation, helping to minimize stress and delays along the way.
Contact Rader, Sheldon & Stoutner, PLLC at (480) 719-2831 for counsel before you begin the adoption process.
Adoption Requirements in Arizona
In Arizona, any adult may adopt a child, as long as they become certified by the court. This means that any resident age 18 or older, whether married, single, or legally separated, is eligible to petition the court. To ensure a safe and caring home for a child, anyone wishing to adopt must submit a written application, attend an adoption orientation and training, and pass an investigation and review by the court.
The court takes into consideration:
- References and recommendations
- Social history
- Financial stability and outlook
- Morals and values
- Physical and mental health and wellness
- History of court actions related to child abuse
- Fingerprint-based criminal background check for all adults in the home
- Other relevant information
If you are attempting to adopt a child who is your niece or nephew, sibling, or grandchild, you won’t need to go through the entire certification process, but the court will require you to pass the fingerprint-based criminal background check. In either case, our Phoenix family law attorneys can help you put together the necessary paperwork to give you the best chance of giving a child a home.
Securing the Best Possible Home for a Child
So much thought goes into adoption proceedings in order to protect the welfare of the child. The court aims to place children in environments that are safe, stable, and beneficial to their well-being. The Department of Child Safety (DCS) goes to great lengths to ensure that siblings stay together, that relatives or other family members are considered, that the child gets along with the potential adopter, and that the wishes of any child age 12 or older are taken into account. At Rader, Sheldon & Stoutner, PLLC, we provide you, the potential adopter, with compassionate and knowledgeable counsel throughout the process.
Call us at (480) 719-2831 to find out more about how we can help you with adoption matters.