Whether you are interested in adoption as an expectant mother or a prospective adoptive parent in Mesa, Arizona, the following page will help guide you through the adoption process.
Read on to learn more about local adoption and foster care agencies, home study professionals and other Mesa adoption and foster care services.
More information about adoption laws, processes and qualifications throughout the state is available on our Adoption in Arizona page.
Mesa Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals
Prospective birth mothers and adoptive families have many options when choosing an adoption professional to work, from national agencies to adoption attorneys.
If you prefer to work with a local or regional adoption agency, here are some of the adoption professionals serving the Mesa area:
Mesa Foster Care Resources
Every state has different laws, processes and qualifications for becoming a foster parent. In Arizona, prospective foster parents must be at least 21 years old, be a resident of the state, and complete a certification process, including a home study.
The following Mesa foster agencies and resources can provide additional information about foster care and adoption in Mesa:
Home Study Providers in Mesa
The home study is an important part of the process to become a foster or adoptive parent in Mesa. The Arizona home study process evaluates prospective parents and ensures they are ready to adopt. Information about what to expect during the home study process, is available on our Arizona adoption page.
Your home study must be conducted by a legally qualified professional in your state. To begin the home study process, contact a provider in the Mesa area:
- Southwest Adoption Services
Southwest Adoption Services is a licensed Arizona adoption agency that provides domestic and international adoption home studies for certification, post-placement/post-adoption reports to Arizona adoptive families.
- Adoption Choices of Arizona
- Building Arizona Families
Building Arizona Families is a licensed private nonprofit adoption agency that provides home study services.
- Agape Adoption Agency of Arizona
Agape provides the home study services for foster care licensure and adoption certification in Arizona.
- International Child Foundation, Inc.
International Child Foundation is a Hague-accredited, Arizona-licensed nonprofit adoption agency that provides domestic, international and stepparent adoption home studies and post-placement services.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Arizona home study providers.
Hospitals in Mesa
If you are an expectant mother making an adoption plan, you will have the opportunity to plan your hospital stay as your due date approaches. You will decide how you want the labor and delivery to go and who you want to share the experience with.
Your adoption professional will work with you to plan your hospital stay and coordinate with your delivery hospital. Here are some Mesa area hospitals that you may be working with:
- Banner Desert Medical Center
1400 S. Dobson Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85202
- Banner Baywood Medical Center
6644 E. Baywood Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85206
- Mountain Vista Medical Center
1301 S. Crimson Road
Mesa, AZ 85209
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Adoption is a legal process, and couples and individuals considering adoption often have questions about adoption laws and qualifications in Mesa. To adopt or place a child for adoption in Mesa, you must follow all Arizona adoption laws. Read on to learn more about adoption requirements for birth parents and adoptive families in Arizona.
For Birth Parents
In order for an adoption to be legally recognized, the birth parents must sign legal paperwork relinquishing their parental rights after the child is born. Learn more about executing consent, birth father rights and more on our Adoption in Arizona page.
For Adoptive Families
In Arizona, adoptive parents must meet certain eligibility criteria and follow laws regulating adoption finalization, adoption expenses, use of advertisements and more. More information about these and other adoption and foster care laws in Arizona is available here.
The final step in the legal adoption process is finalization. Your adoption attorney will guide you through the finalization process and ensure your adoption is completed in accordance with Arizona adoption laws. Find more information about your local court and adoption finalization in Maricopa County.
Things to Do in Mesa
Adoptive parents must remain in Arizona for 7-10 days after placement if they are adopting out of state. While you wait for your ICPC paperwork to be processed, here are some attractions to visit in the Mesa area: