Do I Need the Birth Father’s Consent to Consider Adoption as an Option for my Unplanned Pregnancy in Colorado?
Telling your child’s birth father that you’re expecting might be one of the hardest parts of facing an unplanned pregnancy. The type of relationship you have with the birth father can strongly impact your choices. Your child’s birth father might be supportive of an adoption decision. But many birth fathers are unknown, uninvolved, or unsupportive. That can impact the adoption process in Colorado. You might be wondering whether you will need the birth father’s consent to consider adoption. At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we will guide you on how to proceed with the adoption if the birth father is unknown, uninvolved, or unsupportive.
Can the Birth Father Force Me to Parent the Baby?
No one, including your child’s birth father, can force you to parent a child you aren’t ready or willing to parent. No matter what the situation, there are options, including adoption, for any woman facing an unplanned pregnancy.
It’s also important to note that no one can force you to give up your baby for adoption. Whether or not you’re ready to parent a child is your decision and your decision alone. At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we can help you figure out which option is the best for you and your baby, but ultimately, the choice is yours.
What Rights Does the Birth Father Have in the Adoption Process in Colorado?
The adoption laws in Colorado include the birth father’s rights in adoption situations just as they do birth mothers. Your Adoption Choices of Colorado caseworker will be able to answer a lot of your questions regarding the birth father’s legal rights. Typically both the birth mother and birth father sign agreements terminating their individual parental rights, allowing the adoption to proceed. However, that doesn’t mean that adoption is impossible for you without the consent of the baby’s birth father. But it is important to educate yourself regarding birth father rights in Colorado for your specific situation so you can make the best decision possible for yourself and your baby.
At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we have experienced many wonderful adoption stories of birth mothers from several different birth father situations. Whether you’re a pregnant teen facing an unplanned pregnancy or a married woman with other children, we have very likely helped other women in similar circumstances in the past. Right now, you might be in crisis, and a positive outcome might seem impossible. We are here to help you get through the crisis phase and work towards the best possible outcome for you and your baby.
What if I’m Scared of My Baby’s Birth Father?
Sometimes an expectant mother has a legitimate reason to fear for her own safety or the safety of her baby because of the child’s birth father. The State of Colorado has laws in place to protect both the mother and the baby in just such a situation. Your caseworker at Adoption Choices of Colorado can help you take the appropriate steps to keep yourself and your baby safe, including putting you in contact with an adoption attorney who understands how the laws apply in each unique situation.
Do I Need an Adoption Attorney for a Private Adoption in Colorado if I Have the Birth Father’s Consent?
Only an adoption attorney will be able to accurately advise you on whether you will need the birth father’s consent and how the laws in Colorado apply to your specific circumstance. Every birth father situation will be handled differently, as birth fathers adoption laws in Colorado are applied to individual situations.
Larger cities, such as Denver or Colorado Springs, have many attorneys specializing in adoption law. Even if you don’t live near a major city, your caseworker can help connect you with an expert on adoption law who can help. Don’t worry about whether or not you can afford an adoption attorney. Adoption Choices of Colorado will help you access the resources you need throughout the adoption process.
It is important to note that Adoption Choices of Colorado is not giving you legal advice. However, we can and will connect you with an attorney who specializes in adoption law in Colorado who can help you understand the law as it applies to your specific situation.
Contact us today to speak with a caseworker who will be able to answer many of your questions or refer you to a credible adoption attorney for those we cannot legally answer.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
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As a life-long information junkie, Brianne enjoys taking deep dives into new topics, then condensing them in an interesting way to convey valuable information in a relatively short amount of space. Once her career, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and mixed martial arts remain hobbies, along with boating, reading, and traveling.