Frequently Asked Questions about Adoption in Colorado
Who can adopt a child in Colorado?
There are few limitations on who can adopt a child in Colorado through child welfare. Although everyone will have to pass a background check and go through the home study process.
You can adopt a child from foster care in Colorado if you are:
What are the different types of adoption?
There are three types of adoption. All of them involve home studies, background checks, paperwork, long waits and there is no guarantee of being match with a child.
Are there kids in Colorado waiting to be adopted?
Yes. While the numbers change all the time, there are several hundred kids in Colorado are waiting for an adoptive family at any given time. See the Colorado Heart Gallery for photos/videos of Colorado’s kids waiting for families.
17 year-olds don't really need a family do they?
You are never too old to need a family...even older kids long for an adoptive family to call their own.
Are adoptions expensive?
Adoptions from Colorado foster care are free, but any minimal fees (background checks, etc.) that may be incurred are often reimbursable.
Can the birth family take the child away from me after adoption?
Adoptions of children from U.S. foster care are legally binding agreements that do not occur until the rights of all parents have been legally terminated by a court of law. It’s very rare that an adoption is challenged in court by a child’s birth relative. More than 98% of legally completed adoptions remain intact.
Are the kids in foster care there because they did something wrong?
Kids in foster care are regular children who, through no fault of their own, had to be removed from their biological families due to abusive or neglectful situations.
How many kids are in Foster Care in Colorado?
On any given day there around 5,000 kids in Colorado who are in a foster care type setting.
Do you have to live in Colorado to adopt a child from Colorado?
You DO NOT have to live in Colorado in order to adopt a child who lives in Colorado.
Can I adopt a relative?
By law, both maternal and paternal relatives of children in foster care are considered the preferred placement resources for children, as long as they are able to demonstrate they can adequately provide for the child’s safety and well-being. See the Colorado Kinship Connection for more details and information.
My family is in the military- can we still adopt?
Military families stationed overseas and within the U.S. are eligible to adopt children from the U.S. foster care system. Here is a great resource from Child Welfare Information Gateway about how to get started in the process.
Is post adoption financial assistance available?
Adoption assistance is a program that provides financial assistance and support to adoptive parents in certain defined and limited ways to provide for the needs of an eligible adopted child. Adoption assistance is intended to help or remove financial or other barriers to the adoption of Colorado children with special needs by providing assistance to the parents in caring for and raising the child. The child being adopted must have special needs as defined in federal and state regulations and must be adopted from a Colorado public child welfare agency or a licensed private, non-profit child placement agency.
Can I use a facilitator (third party) to adopt in CO?
No. According to 19-5-2-6, (1), C.R.S.(2013), only the county department of social services or a licensed child placement agency can facilitate an adoption. There needs to be a child placement agency involved in every adoption (except stepparent adoptions) within the State of Colorado. An adoption attorney may assist a client with communication among agencies.
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