Exploring Post-Placement Contact Arrangements: What is this? Are they Legally Binding in Colorado?

By Shaina Santagata

When a birth mother is considering her adoption options, it’s essential that she understands the post-placement contact arrangements. These agreements are known as a way to outline communication between the birth parents and the adoptive families after the placement of the child. While it is not legally binding in Colorado, it holds significant value for maintaining the connections between those involved. It is worth noting that the courts may consider these documents when determining the child’s best interests.

We are sure that you have many more questions related to this, and that’s what we are here for! Together, we can discuss these arrangements and how to make an informed decision that works best for you. At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we are here to help guide you through this process, so if you are ready, we have plenty to share!

How Do Post-Placement Arrangements Work?

As the birth mother, we understand that your main focus in on the well-being of your baby from the time you decide it to put your child up for adoption. Undoubtedly, this was not an easy choice for you, but it is selfless, and we know that you only want the best for them. Post-placement contact arrangements allow for open communication and that mutual respect to exist between you (the birth mother) and the adoptive family. Being vulnerable is challenging for everyone.

Although these forms are not binding, there is still a formal agreement that explains your intentions and desires in writing. Approaching this part of the journey with empathy and a positive outlook will significantly benefit your child.

What Should Be Written within the Post-Placement Documents?

Here are a few examples of what you can consider when thinking about what post-arrangements you want for you and your baby.

  • How often is the contact between you, your child, and the adoptive family?
    • It could range from having monthly updates, to every few months, or once per year.
  • How will the communication take place?
    • It could be through letters, emails, phone calls, facetime, or in-person.
  • Will there be a visitation schedule?
    • If seeing your child in person is part of the arrangement, creating a schedule with the specifics will put the adoptive parents at ease. It will also help your child know what to expect when they see you.
    • Details about what days, how long, and what will occur during those visits are extremely important. It ensures the child’s safety, and there is comfort in knowing where they will be and with whom.
  • What kind of information will be shared?
    • Birth parents and adoptive families can decide to agree on updates regarding the child’s development, the milestones they reach, their health, and how they are doing in school.
  • What type of boundaries and expectations should be in place?
    • There might be topics you want to avoid, such as something that is off-limits to prevent uncomfortable conversations and misunderstandings. This could include sensitive subjects like reasons for the adoption or personal family matters.
    • Deciding what information can be shared with others and what should remain private between the birth mother and the adoptive family.
    • It is important to set guidelines for communicating respectfully. Try using positive language, listening without judgment, and being mindful of each other’s feelings.
  • Does there need to be flexibility in place?
    • Life changes so quickly. There will be times when everyone needs to consider that circumstances will change. Leaving room for flexibility and renegotiating terms will keep the child’s interests front and center.

We hope that this has given you some ideas to consider for your child. We have helped so many birth mothers through our top adoption agencies. While an unplanned pregnancy can initially turn your world upside down, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Creating an adoption plan with one of our adoption specialists can help guide you through the post-placement process. The biggest takeaway is the commitment and love shared for your child throughout the adoption journey.

How to Reach Adoption Choices of Colorada

Navigating post-placement contact arrangements will seem difficult at first. With the support of adoption agencies in Colorado, you don’t have to do it alone. Our specialized and knowledgeable team is here to give you guidance and resources. We hope that you feel the compassion we have for helping all birth mothers and their babies find peace, knowing that you’re making the best decision possible. Contact us today at Adoption Choices of Colorado to learn more about how we can be there for you when you need it the most.

*Legal Disclaimer:

This article provides information only for general knowledge and should not be considered legitimate legal advice. Please consult an attorney for any personalized legal guidance for your specific circumstances.

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