Whether you are interested in adoption as an expectant mother or a prospective adoptive parent in Phoenix, there are many resources available to you in your area.
The following guide includes everything you need to know about local adoption and foster care agencies, home study providers and other adoption and foster care services. For more information about adoption throughout the state, visit our Arizona adoption page.
Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals in Phoenix
Throughout the adoption process, your adoption professional will provide the information, guidance, services and support you need. There are many adoption professionals to choose from, including national and local adoption agencies and adoption attorneys.
For some adoptive and birth parents, it is most convenient to work with a local adoption agency. Here are some of the local and regional agencies in the Phoenix, Arizona area:
- Adoption Specialists of Arizona
- Creating Christian Families
- Building Arizona Families
- A Place to Call Home
Phoenix Foster Care Resources
To become a foster parent in Phoenix, you must be at least 21 years old and a legal resident of the state. More information about Arizona foster care requirements is available on the Adoption in Arizona page.
If you need more information or if you are ready to begin the foster care or foster-to-adopt process in Phoenix, contact one of the following local agencies:
- Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
- Christian Family Care
- Arizona’s Children Association
- Family Resource Center
If you are interested in adopting an older child from the foster care system in Arizona, the adoption process may vary from the domestic infant adoption process. Additional information about fostering and adopting from foster care is available through the Department of Child Safety.
Home Study Providers in Phoenix
Every adoptive or foster parent in Arizona must complete a home study. The home study is an investigation of prospective parents that ensures they are ready to adopt based on criminal records checks, financial and health statements, personal interviews, and more. For a detailed overview of what to expect during the home study process, visit our Arizona adoption information page.
Your home study must be conducted by a legally qualified professional in Arizona. To begin the home study process, contact a provider in your 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 necessary for foster care licensure and adoption certification in Arizona.
Hospitals in Phoenix
One of the final steps in the adoption process is the hospital stay and arrival of the baby. If you are an expectant mother making an adoption plan for your baby, you will have control over your hospital plan, including who is in the delivery room with you, how much interaction you will have with your baby, and more.
Your adoption professional can coordinate with your delivery hospital to ensure a smooth labor and delivery process. As you create your hospital plan, you may be able to work with one of the following Phoenix hospitals:
- Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
350 West Thomas Rd
Phoenix AZ 85013
- Banner — University Medical Center Phoenix
1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
- Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital
18701 N. 67th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308
- Mountain Park Health Center
635 E. Baseline Road
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Adoption Laws and Qualifications in Phoenix
Can I adopt in Phoenix? What are the laws for placing a baby for adoption in Phoenix? These are common questions for couples and individuals considering adoption. Adoption laws, qualifications and processes are determined by the state. The following provides some information about the types of adoption laws and regulations in place in Arizona.
For Birth Parents
Many expectant parents have questions about the laws, rules and process of placing a baby for adoption in Phoenix. An overview of Arizona laws regarding consent, relinquishment, and paternity is available here.
For Adoptive Families
If you have questions about the qualifications to adopt or foster a child, finalize an international adoption or use adoption advertisers or facilitators, visit our Arizona adoption page for more information.
After a post-placement supervision period, the final step in the legal adoption process is finalization of the adoption before a judge. Your adoption attorney will guide you through the finalization process and ensure your adoption is completed in accordance with Arizona law. Find more information about your local court and adoption finalization in your county:
Things to Do in Phoenix
Many adoptive parents in Arizona spend some time in Phoenix during the adoption process. Whether you are visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for ICPC paperwork to be processed, consider visiting some of these top Phoenix attractions: