In Arizona, one adult may adopt another adult so long as certain conditions are met. First, the adult to be adopted must be at least 18 years old, but not older than 21, or must be a step-child, niece/nephew, cousin, or grandchild of the adopting person. For foster parents, they may adopt an adult who was placed in their care when the adult was a juvenile so long as the foster parent has maintained a continuous family relationship with the person for 5 years. Both adults must agree on the adoption.
The agreement by both adults for the adoption must be in writing. By state law, the agreement must contain certain information, which is where an attorney can come in handy. Among other things, the adoption agreement must state that the adults agree to assume toward each other the legal relation of parent and child (and have all of the rights and responsibilities of that legal relationship). Continue reading