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The Court is responsible for certifying that a prospective adoptive parent
is suitable to adopt. The Court will consider:
An adoption petition shall contain:
- A complete social history.
- The financial condition of the applicant.
- The moral fitness of the applicant.
- The religious background of the applicant.
- The physical and mental health condition of the applicant.
- Any court action for, or adjudication of, child abuse, abandonment of children, dependency or
termination of parent-child relationship in which the applicant had control or custody of the
child who was the subject of the action.
- The submission of a fingerprint card and the results of a check of official fingerprint records
based on such submission.
- Whether the person or persons wish to be placed on the central adoption registry.
- All other facts bearing on the issue of the fitness of the prospective adoptive parents that the
court, agency or division may deem relevant. ARS § 8-105.
- The full names, ages and place of residence of the petitioner and if married, the date and place
of marriage and the relationship, if any, to the child.
- The fact that a certificate of acceptability to adopt the child has been issued in favor of the
petitioner and the date of its issuance, unless not required under ARS § 8-105.
- The date when the petitioner acquired custody of the child and from what person or agency, or,
if not in custody, the present custodial circumstances.
- The date and place of birth of the child.
- The name of the child or the fictitious name to be used in the proceedings and, if a change of
name is desired, the name.
- That it is the desire of the petitioner to adopt the child.
- A full description and statement of the value of all property owned or possessed by the child.
- Any reason that consent need not be given.
- Full disclosure of any fees or anything of value given or paid to any person or organization in
connection with the adoption. ARS § 8-114.
Any adult resident of this state, whether married, unmarried or legally separated is eliglible to qualify to adopt children. A.R.S. 8-103.
The adoption of a child who is a member of a Native American Tribe or eligible for membership in a Native American Tribe is governed by the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Adoptions of adults are governed by ARS § 8-132.