So you want to adopt. That’s incredible! Just by deciding this, you’ve taken your first step towards growing your family through adoption. Now for the nitty-gritty of it all. In other words, the legal requirements and determining whether or not you are indeed eligible to adopt.

Depending on where you live, these will vary. However, for this blog, we are choosing to focus on adoption requirements in Colorado state. Along with the general state law and regulations, adoption eligibility in Colorado looks at three major areas: your health, your emotional state, and your finances.

State Law and Regulations

To begin, let’s explore the legal requirements. According to Colorado state law, any individual who is 21 years or older is eligible to adopt. Adoption is available to single parents, LGBT members, and married couples. A married couple who is legally separated may also adopt, but they may not be able to file jointly.

Regarding an upper age-restriction, there is nothing set in stone. Most adoption agencies, however, want prospective parents to at least be able to survive until the child graduates high school. For more information, or if you have a question pertaining to your specific circumstances with anything state-related, give us a call.

Health Requirement

Onto the health essentials. All prospective parents wanting to adopt must show medical records providing that you are physically and mentally able to raise a child. There are many demands and responsibilities that accompanies parenthood, after all. Adoption agencies and professionals want to make sure that you are up to the task. This is both in your best interest and — more importantly — the best interest of the child.

If you have any health issues — whether physical or mental — this doesn’t automatically mean that you are not eligible to adopt. It largely depends on what your condition is and the severity. So, if you do have a pre-existing issue that needs to be addressed, be sure to bring it up right away. Have documentation that proves how it will or will not affect your ability to parent.

Emotional Requirement

Now the emotional aspect. When you’ve considered adoption, have you thought about the emotional part of it? Being able to devote your life to the needs of your child? There are numerous parenting books that have been published over the years that make excellent sources of wisdom for prospective parents. In regards to preparing you emotionally, though, there is, unfortunately, no magical resource. No “one size fits all” for what to do. Only tips on how to prepare for the unexpected at all times. That said, how do you know if you are emotionally ready enough to prove that you are eligible to adopt?

We have your back! No worries. For starters, the state of Colorado mandates all families who are seeking to adopt domestically to 16 hours of face-to-face training. As an agency, we require this CORE training to be completed before your son or daughter is placed in your home. The trainings are offered once a month, and will feature guest speakers and a newborn trainer. Check out our website to learn more about what is included and when classes are available.

Financial Requirement

Last, but certainly not least, finances. While there is no set income level that you need to be at in order to be eligible to adopt, you do have to show that you are financially stable enough to provide a future for your child. You will be asked to present financial documents that reveals any and all expenses and bank information.

If you don’t feel like you can afford all of the necessary adoption fees, you may qualify for adoption assistance. These are grants available to help you offset the cost of adoption, along with the option of filing for the Adoption Tax Credit.

Eligible to Adopt

How do you match up? Do you meet the basic requirements of the state? If so — congratulations! You’ve conjured the hurdle. You now know you are eligible to adopt! What’s next? Easy. Visit our website and learn more about how we handle the adoption process and what all is involved.

Then, after that, fill out our application and start your amazing journey to the family you’ve always dreamed of!

Adoption Choices of Colorado

For more information on adoption please contact Adoption Choices of Colorado. We can be reached via our website or phone 303-670-4401.

Support Adoption Choices

CrowdriseAdoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.

However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.

About the Author

Rachel RobertsonRachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.

In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.

When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.

 

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Sources:

“How to Adopt in Colorado.” Considering Adoption, consideringadoption.com/adoptions-by-state/how-to-adopt-in-colorado.

“How to Adopt in Colorado.” Considering Adoption, consideringadoption.com/adoptions-by-state/how-to-adopt-in-colorado.

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