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How do I go about adopting a child?

You must first obtain an Adoption Home Study to be certified to adopt in Arizona. Next, you must locate a child available for adoption.  The most common ways to do this are:

The next step is to finalize the adoption in court.  This usually includes one or more post-adoption/post-placement reports (these are essentially follow-up home studies - see our FAQ).

How long does the adoption process take?

On average, 6 to 24 months, but it can vary widely based on how you're adopting, where you're adopting from and the age of the child you're adopting.  Older children are typically available much sooner.  Infants usually take the longest.

How much does adopting cost?

[Note: These are ballpark estimates - your actual costs may be higher or lower] Foreign adoptions are usually the most expensive as they involve agency fees and travel - between $30,000 - $60,000 total, on average.  Private and U.S. agency adoptions vary between between $15,000 and $40,000.  Foster-care adoptions are practically no cost.

Keep in mind that your adoption expenses are tax-deductible.  There are currently Federal and Arizona tax credits for adoption.  Many employers provide a stipend for adoption expenses.  There are also many resources for adoption loans and grants.

Where can I get more information or detail?

Call us at 480-380-6248.

SouthWest Adoption Services 480-380-6248 info@swadoption.com
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