Adoption Requirements for Birth Parents
Whether you are considering placing your child for adoption or have already decided to choose adoption, you want to know what’s next? How do I start the adoption process? Who will help me through the adoption process? How does adoption work? At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we try to make the process as simple and smooth as possible. Just as the decision to place your child for adoption is a difficult one, the process is complex. We have professional dedicated staff 24/7 though to help!
Step 1: Contact our adoption agency.
Step 2: Work with an adoption specialists to create an adoption plan.
- Create a budget for financial assistance
- Review family profiles and choose an adoptive family
- Choose the level of openness
- Establish a hospital/birth plan
- Receive ongoing counseling and emotional support
Step 3: Pregnancy, Birth, and Relinquishment
Step 4: Post Placement Communication and Support
We will walk you through every single step of the adoption process and make sure you are comfortable and confident with your decision and everything that is happening. You will never be forced nor coerced to finalize adoption.
Do I get paid for adoption? While you do not get paid for choosing adoption, there is financial assistance available. Reasonable expenses include safe housing, food and groceries, rent and utility bills, maternity clothing, and more. We also help you find medical care, and legal expenses come at no cost to you. Birth parents never have to pay to choose adoption.
Does it cost money to place my child for adoption? No. And if anyone is “charging” you to work through an adoption process. Stop. And call a licensed professional instead.
Am I obligated to choose adoption? What if I change my mind? You can contact us and start working with our adoption center with no obligations. You do not HAVE to choose adoption just because you are considering it. You can also change your mind at any point through the adoption process – until you sign the final relinquishment paperwork after birth.
Will I ever see my child again? That depends on you and what level of openness you want and agree to with the adoptive family you choose. Most adoption today are open or semi-open which means YES, you can maintain a relationship with your child and the adoptive family throughout the child’s life.
As a birth parent, it is common to experience some nervousness as you head into the adoption process. It is perfectly normal to have fears and reservations about if this is the right decision for you. Our professional counselors will work with you through all of these emotions.
Adoption Requirements for Adoptive Parents
All hopeful adoptive families must meet a number of requirements to adopt in Colorado. The first steps of the adoption process include: an adoption application, a Home Study, and adoptive parent training. Once these prerequisites are complete, we will begin the matching process with a birth mother (parents) who have viewed your profile book and want to know you more. Placement involves taking your child home from the hospital and finalizing the adoption with your local courts. You can also expect post placement visits and follow up – and of course communication as agreed with the birth parents. You can find out more about how you can adopt a child on our Hoping to Adopt page.
Do I have to be married to adopt in Colorado? No. You can be either single or married and adopt a child in Colorado. However, if you’re married you must petition to adopt with your spouse.
Can same-sex couples adopt in Colorado? Yes. Colorado LGBT+ couples are welcome to adopt through Adoption Choices. The process is the same, the wait time is the same – we do not discriminate!
How old do you have to be to adopt in Colorado? Is there an adoption age limit? The state of Colorado specifies that you must be at least 21 years old to adopt a child, although no upper adoption age limit is given.
How hard is it to adopt a baby? What do I need to adopt a child in Colorado? While the general legal adoption requirements in Colorado for prospective adoptive parents are clear-cut, there are other requirements that you may not have considered yet. These adoption requirements include: health requirements, financial requirements, emotional, and educational requirements. Your adoption social worker will review all the adoption requirements with you and walk you through the adoption process in Colorado. You will not be adopting a child alone!
To learn more about how you can adopt a child in Colorado, please contact us online and we will in touch with you.