Infant domestic adoption, or domestic infant adoption, is a formal way of referring to the private adoption of a newborn in the United States. This type of adoption includes the consent of the parents who relinquish legal parental rights and the adoptive family, which differs from adoption from the foster care system after parental rights are severed due to abuse and neglect.
State laws govern infant domestic adoption, but all states require a home study which includes background checks of the adoptive family and all adults living in the home, including criminal records and child abuse and neglect central registries, to ensure the safety and well-being of the infant being adopted.
Infant Domestic Adoption is Available for Families in Any State
Building Arizona Families is licensed to provide infant domestic adoption services to families living in any state, so it is essential to understand the requirements of the state where one resides. The birth mother or birth parents must reside in Arizona for Building Arizona Families to provide oversight of the adoption process. For adoptive families residing in Arizona, prospective adoptive parents and each adult living in the adoptive family’s home must complete a background check, which includes state and federal criminal records and central registry records checks that include any history of child welfare referrals.
While background checks are stringent for infant domestic adoption, they are crucial to protect the well-being of the infant who is being adopted. More state-by-state information is available at the Child Welfare Information Gateway HERE.
Additional information about the eligibility criteria for infant domestic adoption is available on the Building Arizona Families website HERE. Newborn adoption is a fantastic way to grow your family, as Becky Merryman, the program manager, can attest to. She and her husband have adopted two newborn babies, now incredible young men. You can watch Steve and Becky’s story HERE.
Our Licensed Adoption Agency Can Help You Begin Your Adoption Journey
We invite you to attend one of our convenient online adoption seminars. Find out dates and times HERE. You can also contact Becky Merryman at 623-224-1815 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how the infant domestic adoption process works. Building Arizona is a licensed adoption agency with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau that has been helping wonderful families around the U.S. adopt newborn babies since 2004. Please reach out at any time. You can call our offices at 623.936.4729 or e-mail us at email@example.com. We would love to serve you and your family.