Juvenile Adoption Cases

A Juvenile Adoption (JA) petition shall contain:

  • The full names, ages and place of residence of the petitioner and if married, the date and place of marriage and the relationship, if any, to the child.
  • The fact that a certificate of acceptability to adopt the child has been issued in favor of the petitioner and the date of its issuance, unless not required under ARS § 8-105.
  • The date when the petitioner acquired custody of the child and from what person or agency, or, if not in custody, the present custodial circumstances.
  • The date and place of birth of the child.
  • The name of the child or the fictitious name to be used in the proceedings and, if a change of name is desired, the name.
  • That it is the desire of the petitioner to adopt the child.
  • A full description and statement of the value of all property owned or possessed by the child.
  • Any reason that consent need not be given.
  • Full disclosure of any fees or anything of value given or paid to any person or organization in connection with the adoption. ARS § 8-114.

Any adult resident of this state, whether married, unmarried or legally separated is eliglible to qualify to adopt children. ARS § 8-103. The adoption of a child who is a member of a Native American Tribe or eligible for membership in a Native American Tribe is governed by the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Adoptions of adults are governed by ARS § 14-8101 and are handled through probate court. More information regarding adult adoptions is available at the Law Library Resource Center.

Juvenile Presiding Judge
Lori Bustamante

Paula Collins
Juvenile Court Administrator
Contact the Juvenile Department

If you are a parent and need information about accessing JAX click here. 

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