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Things you should know about adopting a child in Colorado

On Behalf of | May 19, 2023 | Adoption, Family Law

When we think of adoption, we imagine a happy ending for both the child and the soon-to-be parents. The adoptive parents have probably been waiting for this moment for a very long time. It is an exciting time and a reason to celebrate, no matter the child’s age. However, there is a legal process that everyone who wants to adopt must go through.

Types of adoption in Colorado

  1. Foster care adoption
  2. Private adoption
  3. International adoption

People interested in adopting a child through the foster care system must be of sound mind and demonstrate that they have the necessary resources to care for the child.

Foster care adoption

The adoptive parents must show the court that they are emotionally mature and can handle the difficulties that may come with foster parenting in particular.

Adoption via foster care is usually the least expensive, but the adoptive parents must meet the following requirements:

  1. Pass a background check
  2. Be an adult of 21 years of age or older
  3. Submit to training
  4. Pass a home study

People who choose private domestic adoption must also go through a process specified by law, which has similar requirements.

Private adoption

The child’s biological parents must relinquish all parental rights voluntarily, after which a child placement agency takes custody of the child, and the adoption process can begin.

This process usually includes the child placement agency, who provides support to the soon-to-be parents, and the couple’s adoption attorney for the legal aspect of the adoption.

International adoption

Lastly, couples wishing to adopt a child from another country must undergo a specific visa process for the child to be allowed into the country.

There are child placement agencies who assist with this process and attorneys who help with the legal aspect of international adoption.

Adoption is a joyful time for everyone, and in many cases, it provides a child with a wonderful future that they wouldn’t otherwise have. Keep in mind, however, the responsibilities that come with any of the three types of adoption and that you have the resources you need to fulfill your duties as a parent.