Adoption

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Question:

Can I adopt my spouse’s children if I am a convicted felon?  And what is an expedited case plan with child protective services mean?

Answer: Arizona’s statute on adoption eligibility, A.R.S. 8-103, does not mention felonies as part of the process however the US Department of Health and Human Services notes that criminal background checks are conducted as part of the adoption process, and a determination may be made depending on the charge.  For detailed information on the impact of a felony on adoption and information on expedited case plans contact DES.

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