The voluntary termination of parental rights in Arizona is called relinquishment. In Maricopa County, a parent may relinquish parental rights to another parent, the state, a licensed adoption agency or adoptive parents. A petition must be filed with the Maricopa County Juvenile Court and the court must find that severing the parent-child relationship is in the best interest of the child.
Confirm that Maricopa County Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over the child. The child must be under the age of 18 and live within the county.
Compose a written consent form that identifies the name, date of birth, address and relationship of the individual relinquishing parental rights. The consent form must also include the child's name, date of birth and last known address. The name and address of the individual or agency the rights are being relinquished to must also be included.
Include a statement on the consent form that acknowledges the consequences of consent pursuant to Section 8-117 of the Arizona Revised Statutes Title 8. Section 8-117 states that upon entry of the decree, the parent-child relationship is completely severed and all privileges, duties, rights and obligations cease to exist.
Include a statement on the consent form that acknowledges you understand that under Section 8-106 of the Arizona Revised Statutes Title 8, consent to relinquish rights is irrevocable unless given under fraud or duress.
Include a statement on the consent form that acknowledges you have read and understand Section 8-114 of the Arizona Revised Statutes Title 8 and that you have not received any compensation either directly or indirectly that is not allowable under Section 8-114.
Sign the consent form. The form must either signed in front of a notary public, or two credible witnesses who are 18 years of age or older. If using a notary public, do not sign the form until you are in front of the notary. The notary will affix the official seal and provide the necessary information to confirm the legitimacy of the document. Witnesses must provide their name, address and the date the signature was witnessed.
Give the signed consent form to the individual or agency you are providing consent to or file it with the Maricopa County Juvenile Court if legal action has already commenced.