Answers To Your Common Questions
What does Building Arizona Families offer?
How long has Building Arizona Families provided adoption services?
How long does the adoption process take?
How much does it cost to adopt?
WHAT IS AN ADOPTION HOMESTUDY OR PRE-ADOPTIVE HOME SCREENING?
WHAT GEOGRAPHIC AREAS DOES BUILDING ARIZONA FAMILIES SERVE?
HOW MANY FAMILIES DOES YOU AGENCY WORK WITH AT ANY ONE TIME?
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR FAMILIES?
GENERAL CRITERIA FOR FAMILIES INTERESTED IN ADOPTING THROUGH BUILDING ARIZONA FAMILIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- Families of any creed, racial and ethnic background, national origin, political affiliation, or handicap
- Families residing in the State of Arizona. In special circumstances, the agency will work with a family out of state
- Legally married couples or single, widowed or divorced individuals
- Individuals who are at least 21 years of age or older
- Families who view adoption as a positive way of building a family
- Families who are financially stable
- Families with no children and families who are already parenting children
- Applicants may own or rent a home or an apartment
- Families who have the physical, financial and emotional stability to care for a child
- Requirements for families choosing to pursue an international adoption or a special needs adoption through the State may vary depending on the country, the international agency, or the requirements of the State.
WHEN IS AN INFANT PLACED WITH AN ADOPTIVE FAMILY?
WHEN DOES A BIRTHMOTHER SIGN A RELINQUISHMENT OF PARENTAL RIGHTS?
HOW DO YOU BEGIN THE PROCESS OF ADOPTING?
- Read books on adoption
- Talk to someone who has adopted
- Attend a regularly scheduled Adoption Information Meeting scheduled by Building Arizona Families
- Request an informational packet
- Attend an adoptive parent’s support group
ARE THERE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR ADOPTIVE FAMILIES?
Yes, there are several support groups that provide regular meetings, information on adoption related issues, newsletters, and socials for adoptive families. Some suggested resources are:
- The Council on Adoptable Children (COAC)
- Families of Russian (FRUA)
- North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
How do I find out about Building Arizona Families history of placements?
The following information is available upon request and Building Arizona Families makes such information available when requested:
- The number of Building Arizona Families adoption placements per year for the prior three calendar years, and the number and percentage of those placements that remain intact, are disrupted, or have been dissolved as of the time the information is provided;
- The number of parents who apply to adopt on a yearly basis, based on data for the prior three calendar years; and if applicable
- The number of children eligible for adoption and awaiting an adoptive placement referral via Building Arizona Families.