DOMESTIC/NEWBORN ADOPTIONS

 
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WELCOME TO BUILDING ARIZONA FAMILIES’ DOMESTIC/NEWBORN ADOPTION PROGRAM!

The goal and mission of the Domestic/Newborn Program is to help place as many children as possible in forever families.

  • Birth parents are actively involved in the process of selecting an adoptive family.
  • Profiles of adoptive parents are presented to the birth parents, generally based upon specific requests made by the birth parents.
  • Infants of all racial/ethnic backgrounds are adopted through the Domestic Program.
  • Adoptive parents may specify the race/ethnicity, and health of the child they hope to adopt, but those who are able to be more flexible in preferences are likely to be matched quicker.
  • The waiting period for a match through Building Arizona Families is not predictable because families are matched according to birth parents’ preferences.

For more information about Domestic/Newborn Adoptions, please reach out directly to:
Becky Merryman
623-224-1815
Email

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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Parents need to have a completed home study by a licensed adoption agency or social worker prior to being put on the waiting list.

Building Arizona Families is a licensed private non-profit adoption agency. Building Arizona Families reserves the right to determine that it may not provide services.

DOMESTIC ADOPTION FEES TO BE PAID BY ADOPTIVE PARENTS

Type of Service:Amount:When Due:
Home Study Necessary to be completed prior to Agency Registration for the Domestic Program.$1,100 (for Arizona families if using BAF)Prior to Registration in the Domestic Program.
Agency Fee: Intra-State (family residing in Arizona), Single Birth Includes birthmother/birthfather living expenses, counseling and case managementPlease call for informationFirst half of fees due when the birthmother chooses the adoptive family. Second half of fees due prior to the child’s discharge from the hospital.
Agency Fee: Intra-State (family residing in Arizona), Multiple Birth Includes birthmother/birthfather living expenses, counseling and case managementPlease call for informationFirst half of fees due when the birthmother chooses the adoptive family. Second half of fees due prior to the child’s discharge from the hospital.
Agency Fee: Inter-State (family residing outside of Arizona), Single Birth Includes birthmother/birthfather living expenses, counseling and case managementPlease call for informationFirst half of fees due when the birthmother chooses the adoptive family. Second half of fees due prior to the child’s discharge from the hospital.
Agency Fee: Inter-State (family residing outside of Arizona), Multiple Birth Includes birthmother/birthfather living expenses, counseling and case managementPlease call for informationFirst half of fees due when the birthmother chooses the adoptive family. Second half of fees due prior to the child’s discharge from the hospital.
Birthmother/Infant Medical Expenses Includes prescription and over the counter medicationsNot Included in Agency FeeThe adoptive family is responsible for all medical expenses incurred on behalf of the birthmother and child that are not covered by Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) or private insurance.
Post Placement Visits and ReportsFrequency (for Arizona families only): Non-Special Needs: First month after placement and then every three months until adoption court hearing.

Special Needs: First month after placement and then once per month until adoption court hearing.

**Frequency for non-Arizona families: Please check with your local supervising agency.
Birth Parent Counseling FeeIncluded in Agency FeeIncluded in Agency Fee (includes up to 4 counseling sessions)
Attorney Legal FeesNot included in Agency FeeChosen attorney will determine amount and time of payment with adoptive parents.
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) – BAF FeesNot Included in Agency FeeA fee will be collected for costs associated with BAF staff travel to Flagstaff to the ICWA hearing
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) – Attorney Legal Fees Not Included in Agency FeeICWA attorney that BAF uses or requires will determine amount and time of payment. Adoptive family will contract directly with said attorney.
Termination of Parental RightsNot included in Agency Fee (only required by some states, please check with local attorney)Attorney will determine amount and time of payment. Adoptive family will contract directly with said attorney.

*All fees are non-refundable, including but not limited to: Home Study, Birth Parent Counseling Fee, Medical Expenses, Attorneys Fees, and the Agency Fee.

In the event of an interruption in the adoption prior to placement due to a decision on the part of Birth Mother/Father, no fees paid will be refunded.

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