FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTION
- 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 your agency work with at any one time?
- What are the eligibility requirements for families?
- General criteria for families interested in adopting
- When does a birthmother sign a Relinquishment of Parental Rights?
- How do you begin the process of adopting?
- Are there support groups for adoptive families?
- How do I find out about Building Arizona Families history of placements?
Building Arizona Families offers adoption programs for families interested in domestic and international adoption of infants, older children, sibling groups, and children with special challenges.
Building Arizona Families opened its doors in August 2004 and has been serving children and families since that time. Building Arizona Families is licensed by the State of Arizona and is Hague Accredited. We have professional staff which is knowledgeable in adoption related issues.
It depends on the program and your openness in the kind of child that you want to adopt. The homestudy process can generally be completed within eight to twelve weeks. Being matched with a child varies within each program.
There are several factors that will determine the cost of an adoption, but the primary factor which determines cost is the program that a family has chosen.
The home screening/homestudy process is an opportunity for your case worker and the agency to get to know you and the kind of child that will best fit into your family, and to provide you with information on the resources of the agency and the children who are available. It is also an opportunity for you, as an adoptive family, to learn more about the issues of adoption. All families who choose to adopt must complete the homestudy and training process prior to being approved for adoption.
Building Arizona Families works with families all across the State of Arizona.
Building Arizona Families works with a number of families in each program. It varies due to the number of children available. The agency welcomes all requests from families and is happy to provide families with a general idea of when a homestudy might be started.
Eligibility requirements vary depending on the adoption program. Families interested in international adoption will also need to meet the requirements of the country they have chosen. Requirements for families interested in adopting an older child through the State may also vary depending on the age of the child.
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.
Building Arizona Families places infants and children after the parental rights of the birthparents have been terminated. The agency does not do legal risk placements for infants.
A birthmother may not sign a Relinquishment of Parental Rights until 72 hours after the birth of her child. Those birthmothers needing additional time may be offered temporary foster care for their child until they make a decision to parent or make an adoption plan.
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
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.