Family Service Agency also provides home studies and post placement services to families pursuing international adoption*, private adoption, step parent adoption, and relative adoption.Family Service Agency does not have an international adoption placement program.
A Step Parent Adoption (as defined by Arizona law) is where the prospective adoptive parent is the child’s step parent. The Court requires the step parent to be legally married to the child’s birth or legal parent for at least one year before an adoption can be finalized.
When step parents adopt, the non-custodial birth parent either consents to the adoption or a court hearing must be held to terminate the rights of the parent who does not consent.
A Relative Adoption (as defined by Arizona law) is where the prospective adoptive parent is the child’s adult sibling or the child’s aunt, uncle, grandparent or great-grandparent.
When relatives adopt, both birth parents either consent to the adoption or a court hearing must be held to terminate the rights of any parent who does not consent.
Private and International Adoptions
If you are pursuing a private or international adoption*, Family Service Agency can assist you with your adoption home study and post placement services.
The home study is a process of getting to know you so a recommendation on certification for adoption can be made. Certification is a legal requirement for all non relative adoptions in Arizona. The home study consists of a series of interviews with you. Also, documents are verified. The home study report will be submitted to the Maricopa County Juvenile Court for certification. The court issues certification which is formal approval to adopt.
For more information, please contact us at (602)-264-9891