State of Arizona
AdoptUsKids http://adoptuskids.org/our-services Telephone: 877-KIDS-NEED-U (877-543-7633)
"We're happy to have the opportunity to walk you through the foster care and adoption process in Arizona. We will answer your adoption questions and assist you in making the process a positive experience."
Confidential Intermediary Program
"...confidential intermediaries ... facilitate contact between adoptive parents, adoptees, and birth parents while protecting court and agency records and anonymity of those who desire it.
"Arizona's adoption records are confidential. Individuals who were adopted and are looking for their birth parents, or who are the birth parents of an adoptee and are looking for their child need to engage the services of a Confidential Intermediary.
"The following parties may use the services of a confidential intermediary to obtain adoption information:
- birth siblings age 21 or older;
- adoptive parents or legal guardians of adopted adults age 18 or older;
- adopted adults age 21 or older;
- the immediate, adult relatives (age 21 or older) of a deceased adopted adult;
- birth parents; or
- birth grandparents if birth parents are deceased.
"After a confidential intermediary receives written consent from both parties, information may be released. Adoptive parents may prevent an adopted child from being contacted by an intermediary without their permission and birth parents may prohibit an adopted child from contacting birth siblings without their permission. The Arizona confidential intermediary can be contacted at:
Arizona Confidential Intermediary Program
Arizona Supreme Court
Attn: Torin Scott
1501 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-9586 or (602) 542-9580
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway Children's Bureau/ACYF 1
250 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Telephone: (703) 385-7565 or (800)394-3366
"... comprehensive resource on all aspects of adoption, including infant, inter-country, and special needs adoption."
"Adoption." Child Welfare Information Gateway. http://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/index.cfm (accessed September 27, 2011).