Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions - Arizona

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Jurisdiction

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 8-102.01

If a petition for adoption is filed prior to a child's 18th birthday, jurisdiction of the superior court continues for purposes of entering an order of adoption of such child even if the child becomes age 18 prior to the final adoption hearing.

Venue

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 8-104

The adoption petition may be filed in the court of the county in which one of the following applies:

  • Where the prospective adoptive parents reside
  • Where the child is a ward (i.e., in the care of a governmental agency)