Making families whole
“Little souls find their way to you, whether they’re from your womb or someone else’s.” – Sheryl Crow
Agape Adoption Agency of Arizona helps grow families through domestic and international adoptions. We have an emerging international placement program in Uganda and are exploring placement program adoptions in several other countries. Agape is also a secondary adoption provider for domestic adoptions. No matter how you choose to grow your family through adoption, we are committed to working with adoptive families to match them with the child or children who are the best fit for their family!
We understand that the adoption journey can sometimes feel confusing and event discouraging. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing a supportive environment in which questions are addressed quickly and honestly. Agape’s step-by-step process includes intake, application, training and assessment (home study), matching, post placement support and adoption finalization.
In 2014, the Council on Accreditation (COA) approved Agape for Hague Accreditation pursuant to the Intercountry Adoption Active of 2000 (IAA). Our Hague Accreditation achievement demonstrates our commitment to providing ethical and professional services to children and families both in the United States and abroad.
What is Adoption?
Adoption is a permanent and legal relationship between parents and children. Whether you are seeking a stepparent adoption, the private adoption of an infant or specific child or an adoption of a child from Arizona’s foster care system (fost-adopt), Agape will provide you with the training, support, placement assistance and expertise your family deserves.
Which adoption program is right for me?
Agape offers families the choice of being matched with pregnant birth parents (domestic private infant program), young children who have been orphaned in Uganda (international private adoption program), or children who have been in foster care in Arizona and currently have a case plan of adoption (fost-adopt program). There are significant differences between each of these programs:
Domestic Private Infant Program
- The wait time for being matched in the domestic private infant adoption program is 2-12 months.
- The expense of adopting through the domestic private infant program starts at approximately $11,000.
- The children matched through the domestic private infant program are infants.
International Private Adoption
- The wait time for being matched in the international private adoption program is 3 -12 months.
- The expense of adopting through the international private adoption program starts at approximately $20,000.
- The children matched through the international private adoption program are age 3-6.
- The wait time for being matched in the fost-adopt program is 1 month to 2 years
- The expense of adopting through the fost-adopt program is nearly free (due to state subsidies).
- The children matched through the fost-adopt program may be any age between 2 and 17, and may be part of a sibling group that is available for adoption.
If you are interested in meeting some of the foster children who are available for adoption, they are featured on the Adoption Exchange Association. If you are interested in meeting some of the foster children available for adoption in Arizona and are featured in Arizona’s Heart Gallery. There are many additional differences between Agape’s adoption programs. Contact us at (480) 272-7994 today for more information!
Who may adopt in Arizona?
Any adult (age 18 or older) resident of this state, whether married, unmarried or legally separated is eligible to qualify to adopt children. A husband and wife may jointly adopt children.
What is required to adopt in Arizona?
In Arizona adoptive parent(s) must be certified by the court as acceptable to adopt children. A certificate will be issued only after an investigation. The certification process includes:
- written application
- adoption orientation and training
- a certification investigation and report to the court that considers the prospective adoptive parents’ fitness to adopt children and includes:
- social history and references
- moral fitness
- physical and mental health
- any court action regarding child abuse
- a valid fingerprint clearance card for you and every adult member of your household
- any other relevant information
Do I need to be certified to adopt?
If you are adopting a relative and you are the child’s uncle, aunt, adult sibling, grandparent or great-grandparent, you do not have to be certified. You will, however, need to pass a criminal and DCS background check in order to be approved by the court to adopt.
How is an adoptive home for a child selected?
When selecting an adoptive home for a child, workers consider which home would best meet the safety, social, emotional, physical and mental health needs of the child. Other relevant factors include:
- placement with the child’s siblings
- placement with the child’s kin
- existing relationships between the child and the prospective adoptive
- the wishes of the child who is 12 years of age or older.
Agape Adoption Agency has been a large part of our foster care and adoption process. Not only did they offer our family support and knowledge, they became a part of our family and helped us to succeed in our goal of becoming a “forever family” for several of Arizona’s children.EN & JN