The first choice is to determine whether you want to work with an adoption agency or do a direct placement adoption with the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney. Whichever choice you make, you must be certified by the court as acceptable to adopt before a petition to adopt can be filed. You must also be certified before an attorney can present you to an expectant parent seeking an adoptive placement for their child. You must also be certified to bring a child born outside of Arizona into this state for the purpose of adoption.