A person interested in adopting a child or infant in Arizona must first contact a licensed adoption agency in his county of residence. He must also meet specific qualifications and attend training classes, according to AdoptUSKids. Prospective adopters may obtain answers to specific questions by calling 877-KIDS-NEED-U (877-543-7633).
In the state of Arizona, prospective adopters must be 18 years of age, while those interested in providing foster care must be at least 21, states AdoptUSKids. An applicant must own or rent a house or apartment and be a legal resident of Arizona. Single, married, divorced or widowed status are all acceptable. Qualified persons are guided through the adoption process by the licensed adoption agency of their choosing. All potential parents must attend an orientation, complete and submit an application, attend county- or state-sponsored training classes, and participate in a family assessment.
As of 2015, costs associated with adoption in Arizona generally include an $800 adoption fee, payable to the adoption agency, according to AdoptUSKids. The adopting party receives reimbursement of the $800 upon the adoption of a child from the U.S. foster care system, making adoption in Arizona free. Residents of Arizona may adopt foster children from other U.S. states as well as from Arizona.