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Adoption in Colorado

Colorado, known for it's beautiful Rocky Mountains, camping and outdoor adventuring is also pretty equitable when it comes to laws surround adoption for Adoptive Parents and Expectant Mothers. Anyone over the age of 21, a minor with court approval, or an individual jointly with a living spouse unless legally separated. Adoptive paremts may use a facilitator if from a county department of child placement agency or a licensed child placement agency; i regard to physicians and attorneys, they may charge reasonable fees for customary professional services. When it comes to Birth Mother expenses, Medical, legal, counseling and pregnancy-related expenses approved by the court may be covered by the Adoptive Parents. Fun fact: Colorado is home to the world's largest hot spring swimming pool.

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Adoption Attorneys in Colorado

4 Adoption Agencies in CO

4 AAAA Attorneys in CO

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

  • Attorney
    Daniel A. West
    311 South Nevada Ave.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    (719) 473-4444
    (719) 375-1427
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Virginia "Ginny" L. Frank
    1434 Spruce Street, #100
    Boulder, CO 80302
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Timothy J. Eirich
    12596 W. Bayaud Avenue, Suite 390
    Lakewood, CO 80228
    (303) 679-8266
    (303) 679-8960
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Seth A. Grob
    12596 W. Bayaud Avenue, Suite 390
    Lakewood, CO 80228
    (303) 679-8266
    (303) 679-8960
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy

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No. of Adoptive Familes in Colorado*

1 families

Average Age

44 years old


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Traveling For Your Adoption in Colorado

Length of ICPC
in Colorado

1-30 days

Colorado participates in the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) – a statutory agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The agreement governs the placement of children from one state into another state. It sets forth the requirements that must be met before a child can be placed out of state. The Compact ensures prospective placements are safe and suitable before approval, and it ensures that the individual or entity placing the child remains legally and financially responsible for the child following placement.

Adoption Law FAQ in Colorado

Advertising Law Info

  • Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
    In practice, yes.
  • State Advertising Code of Law
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 19-5-213.5

    The term ‘advertise through a public medium’ means to communicate by any public medium such as a newspaper, periodical, telephone book listing, outdoor advertising sign, radio, television, or computerized communication system, including an Internet site, an Internet profile, or any similar medium of communication provided via the Internet.

    This section does not apply to an individual who has received a favorable home study recommendation regarding his or her fitness to be an adoptive parent.

Adoption Law Info

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 19-5-207; 12 Colo. Code Regs. 2509-6, § 7.500.2
    The home study shall include, but not be limited to:
    • The physical and mental health, emotional stability, and moral integrity of the petitioner
    • The ability of the petitioner to promote the welfare of the child
    • Confirmation that the petitioner has participated in adoption counseling if the court deems appropriate
    • The suitability of the adoption of this child by this petitioner
    • A criminal history records check for any prospective adoptive parent and any adult residing in the home
    • A check for any substantiated reports of child abuse or neglect
    In regulation: A family assessment must be completed using the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) instrument to determine the character and suitability of the applicant(s), appropriateness of the home, and child care practices. The assessment shall include separate and joint interviews with the applicant(s) and all adults and children residing in the home regarding:
    • Social history and background
    • Personal characteristics of the family
    • Marital and domestic partner relationship
    • The motivation for child placement
    • The applicants’ interest, preparation, and willingness to care for a child with special needs
    • Extended family relationships
    • Physical and social environment, including cleanliness; orderliness and maintenance; safety; furnishings; play area, equipment and clothing; finances; support system; and household pets
    • Parenting abilities and style
    • The applicant’s ability to care for a child of a different ethnic and cultural background
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 19-5-207
    An application to adopt may not be approved if the petitioner or any adult residing in the home was convicted at any time of a felony or misdemeanor in one of the following areas:
    • Child abuse or neglect
    • Spousal abuse
    • Any crime against a child, including, but not limited to, child pornography
    • Any act of domestic violence
    • Violation of a protection order
    • Any crime involving violence, rape, sexual assault, or homicide
    • Any felony physical assault or battery conviction or felony drug-related conviction within, at a minimum, the past 5 years
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: 12 Colo. Code Regs. 2509-6, §§ 7.500.2; 7.500.351
    The home study must be completed within 90 working days from receiving the completed background checks.
    If a child has not been placed in the adoptive home within 1 year of the date of the approval of the adoption assessment, the assessment shall be reevaluated if the home is to remain active for consideration of a child, and annually thereafter until a placement is made or the case is closed. Reevaluation shall consist of at least the following:
    • A statement every 2 years from a licensed doctor regarding the current physical condition of the applicants and others living in the home
    • Documentation of any changes in the home and family, i.e., finances, employment, housing, illnesses, pregnancy; and current information, where applicable, on growth, development, and activities of children in the home
    • Changes, if any, in the kind of child desired, the reason for the change, and the family’s capacity to provide for the child currently requested
    • Determination of the appropriateness to continue approval of the home
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: 12 Colo. Code Regs. 2509-6, § 7.500.2
    The county department placing the child for adoption will be responsible for postplacement supervision until the adoption is finalized, unless otherwise negotiated in the placement agreement between the county and the child- placing agency.


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