HOPING TO ADOPT A BABY? HERE'S OUR PROCESS!

Completing your application with Adoption Choices of Colorado is the first step if you’re hoping to adopt a baby. Our agency offers, home studies, matching services, placement, and post-placement services. Providing the most accurate information on your application is essential in assisting our staff with the completion of your home study and in matching you with birth parents. Once your application is received and processed, you will be notified about which other documents will be required to complete your file.

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The home study process at Adoption Choices of Colorado is progressive, non-judgmental, and cooperative. Our caseworkers are trained professionals who are compassionate and understanding, with numerous years of experience in working with prospective adoptive parents. Several of our caseworkers are themselves adoptive parents. It is our philosophy that the home study experience should be enjoyable, educational, and positive, along with assisting you in discovering the unique attributes you bring to parenting an adopted child.

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Adoption Choices of Colorado customizes the matching process. Prior to having your adoptive parent profile presented to birth parents, you will be able to review the possible match and ask questions. Then you can say yes or no to having your profile presented. The preferences and criteria information you have provided on your application will be used to present customized matches to you. Our agency is now offering additional marketing exposure and the ability to have your adoptive parent profile and video (optional) on six (6) different adoption/birth parent related websites. Services include customized profile coaching, video creation and editing, and electronic, mobile friendly versions of your profile. We strive to provide our families with the highest quality of customer service and our main goal is to help your match happen as quickly as possible.

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Post-placement supervision is required in every state in private adoption. It is the period of time between placement of a child you, and the time that your child’s adoption is finalized in court. Colorado regulations require post-placement contact at two weeks, three months, and six months after placement, along with monthly telephone/email contact. The purpose of post-placement supervision is to gather information about, among other things, your child’s health, attachment, and development as well as your adjustment to becoming parents. The final report will recommend that the adoption petition be granted and state that finalization will be in the best interest of the child.

The number of post-placement visits required will vary, based on the regulations of the state in which your child was born. Should a child be placed in a state other than Colorado, Adoption Choices of Colorado will adhere to the regulations of that state and will provide visits and reports at more frequent intervals. (Additional fees may apply).

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Location

  2801 Youngfield Street, Suite 320, Golden, CO. 80401

Overview

The State of Colorado requires 16 hours of face-to face training for all families adopting domestically.

We require that this is completed prior to the placement of a child in your home. The cost of this class is $950 per weekend and is scheduled with our office. The Agency offers these trainings once a month.

Included in this training are guest speakers and a newborn trainer.

2019 Training Dates Available

  • July 20th and 21st,  9:00am – 5:00pm
  • August 17th and 18th,  9:00am – 5:00pm
  • September 21st and 22nd,  9:00am – 5:00pm
  • October 5th and 6th,  9:00am – 5:00pm
  • November 16th and 17th,  9:00am – 5:00pm
  • December 7th and 8th,  9:00am – 5:00pm

Please contact us for more information and to reserve your spot in a class.

Application

Completing your application with Adoption Choices of Colorado is the first step in getting you started on your adoption journey. Our agency offers, home studies, matching services, placement, and post-placement services. Providing the most accurate information on your application is essential in assisting our staff with the completion of your home study and in matching you with birth parents. Once your application is received and processed, you will be notified about which other documents will be required to complete your file.

Matching/Placement

Our agency will provided court approved living expenses for birth mothers who need the help. We can help with expenses such as rent, utilities, food, sundries, and your phone bill. We understand how difficult it is to get back on your feet and return to work after delivering a baby and we want to help you as much as possible. Depending on your State of residence, the amount of court approved expenses may vary.

Home Study

The home study process at Adoption Choices of Colorado is progressive, non-judgmental, and cooperative. Our caseworkers are trained professionals who are compassionate and understanding, with numerous years of experience in working with prospective adoptive parents. Several of our caseworkers are themselves adoptive parents. It is our philosophy that the home study experience should be enjoyable, educational, and positive, along with assisting you in discovering the unique attributes you bring to parenting an adopted child.

We provide counseling to you as the birth mother, the birth father if he is interested as well as your family and other children. We want you to have a great support system and we believe that helping others around you understand adoption and what the future brings sets you up for success.

Post Placement

Post-placement supervision is required in every state in private adoption. It is the period of time between placement of a child you, and the time that your child’s adoption is finalized in court. Colorado regulations require post-placement contact at two weeks, three months, and six months after placement, along with monthly telephone/email contact. The purpose of post-placement supervision is to gather information about, among other things, your child’s health, attachment, and development as well as your adjustment to becoming parents. The final report will recommend that the adoption petition be granted and state that finalization will be in the best interest of the child.

The number of post-placement visits required will vary, based on the regulations of the state in which your child was born. Should a child be placed in a state other than Colorado, Adoption Choices of Colorado will adhere to the regulations of that state and will provide visits and reports at more frequent intervals. (Additional fees may apply).

Core Training

Location

  2801 Youngfield Street, Suite 320, Golden, CO. 80401

Overview

The State of Colorado requires 16 hours of face-to face training for all families adopting domestically.

We require that this is completed prior to the placement of a child in your home. The cost of this class
is $950 per weekend and is scheduled with our office. The Agency offers these trainings once a month.

Included in this training are guest speakers and a newborn trainer.

2019 Training Dates Available

  • July 20th and 21st,  9:00am – 5:00pm
  • August 17th and 18th,  9:00am – 5:00pm
  • September 21st and 22nd,  9:00am – 5:00pm
  • October 5th and 6th,  9:00am – 5:00pm
  • November 16th and 17th,  9:00am – 5:00pm
  • December 7th and 8th,  9:00am – 5:00pm

Please contact us for more information and to reserve your spot in a class.

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How to Apply

Send in your application along with the proper fees. We will review your application and send you a letter informing you what documents are needed in order to complete your file.

HOW TO APPLY

Send in your application along with the proper fees. We will review your application and send you a letter informing you what documents are needed in order to complete your file.

COMMON QUESTIONS

What is the wait time before a baby is placed in our home?

The average wait time is 12-18 months depending on your preferences for your adoption. Depending on your openness to race, mental illness, and drug and alcohol exposure the wait time may vary.

Do you place with single parents?

We welcome single parents that are hoping to adopt. Adoption Choices of Colorado doesn’t discriminate based on marital/partner status. Many times we find that birth parents are open to seeing profiles for single parents. We encourage birth parents to choose the best family for their baby including single parents.

Do you work LGBT applicants?

Adoption Choices of Colorado has been proudly assisting lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) families with the gift of adoption since we opened our doors in 2002. Our agency is honored that you have chosen to gather more information on us and our services.

The home study process and the application process is the same for all those applying with our agency. The LGBT applicants should present themselves, in their profile books, to birth parents just as any other applicants would. You should show birth parents that no matter your sexual orientation, the baby would be joining a loving, responsible family. Show your home, your family and friends, your hobbies and interests and do not be afraid to show your relationship with your significant other.

If you would like to see some statistics and research on LGBT adoptions, please go to: https://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/cultural/adoption/gay_lesbian.cfm

How long does it take to complete the home study?

On average, the home study takes two to three months to complete. You can speed up the process by gathering the required documents, scheduling your medical appointments, and completing your paperwork and fingerprint cards in a timely manner.

Do you provide home studies for couples working with out-of-state adoption agencies for placement, either domestically or internationally?

Adoption Choices of Colorado can provide only the services you need to comply with Colorado state laws. These services include the application process, the home study, the required adoption training, and post-placement or post-adoption services.

What are the levels of openness in adoption?

Open Adoption: In an Open Adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents are in direct contact with one another and share identifying information with each other. This type of adoption may involve the methods listed above in the semi-open adoption as well as in-person visits, without going through the Agency. The plan for openness is decided and agreed upon by both the birth parents and the adoptive parents. Open adoptions allow the child to connect more easily to his or her birth parents and to maintain a relationship. Keep in mind, the level of openness is always changing and shifting throughout the adoption and after placement; relationships change as time goes on. In Colorado, open adoption agreements are not enforceable by law but are encouraged for the best interest of the child.

Semi-Open Adoption: In a Semi-Open Adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents usually meet prior to the birth of the child, and the adoptive parents are often times present for the birth. After placement, communication, such as pictures, texting, phone calls, letters and emails, may occur. Last names and addresses of both parties are not disclosed, unless otherwise agreed upon by the birth parents and adoptive parents. This type of adoption allows for communication between the birth parents and adoptive parents while also maintaining some privacy. Keep in mind, the level of openness is always changing and shifting throughout the adoption and after placement; relationships change as time goes on.

Confidential (Closed) Adoption: In a Closed Adoption, there is no contact between birth parents and adoptive parents, with the exception of the birth parents’ non-identifying social/medical information that is provided to the adoptive parents. This type of adoption is rare in private adoption situations due to social media and the internet.

Traits of a Father

Traits of a Father

The moment you’ve dreamt of is so close you can almost touch it. Your diligence and patience throughout the adoption process has paid off, and you’re finally able to make plans to pick your child up from the hospital. At last, you’re about to enter the realm of fatherhood!

While you’re happy and impatient to welcome your child into his or her new home, you also feel the immense pressure and anxiousness of becoming a dad. Reality is setting in as you realize the important role fathers play in their children’s lives. It’s one that cannot be filled by another, and, as an adoptive dad, you have a large impact on your child. You help shape him or her into the person he or she will one day become. Knowing this, you want to be the best influencer you’re capable of being.

You’re doing great so far! Adoption Choices of Colorado wants you to know that it’s okay to be hesitant and even scared. Becoming a father is a great honor. Let us help by giving you the reassurance you need. We’ve come up with a list of traits all good dads possess, and we hope it helps ease your mind!

THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF DAD

Both parents are very important. Typically, mothers do more nurturing, while fathers tend to be more involved in play. Nevertheless, modern day fathers do much more hands-on caregiving now than they did generations ago — changing diapers, getting up at night, taking children to the doctor, sharing drop-offs and pick-ups, and helping with homework.

Fathers are pillars in the development of a child’s emotional well-being. Children look to their fathers to lay down the rules and enforce them. They also look to their fathers to provide a feeling of security, both physically and emotionally. Children want to make their fathers proud, and an involved father promotes inner growth and strength. Studies have shown that when fathers are affectionate and supportive, it greatly affects a child’s cognitive and social development. It also instills an overall sense of well-being and self-confidence.

Fathers also set the standard for the healthy development of children. Fathers not only influence who their children are inside, but how their children have relationships with people as they grow. The way a father treats his child will influence what he or she looks for in other people. Friends, lovers, and spouses will all be chosen based on how the child perceived the meaning of the relationship with his or her father. The patterns a father sets in the relationships with his children will dictate how his children relate with other people.

As an adoptive father, you know that anyone can father a child, but being a dad takes a lifetime. It is impossible to overestimate the importance of a dad.

TRAITS OF A FATHER

Obviously no two fathers are alike — their style is a blend of their unique personalities and strengths — but good fathers do have certain traits in common. Here are some of the better ways to approach fatherhood:

Be a wall of trust and security. Children believe that their father is always right. Make a conscious effort to never lie to them, betray them, or leave them in the lurch. This is the trust a good father builds in his child. As an adoptive father, you need to make a strong effort to always be there for your child. With this sense of security, you child will more easily come to you when he or she wants help or is in trouble.

Make time for your family. Single, married, or in a partnership, you need to make time for those you care for. Setting aside time to focus on your family is imperative to everyone’s overall happiness, including your own. It’s not enough to meet the basic necessities your child requires; you have to bond with him or her. Don’t be afraid to let your child know how much he or she means to you.

Be patient and encouraging. A good father doesn’t jump into his immediate emotions. He is patient. Give your child your undivided attention and try to understand things from his or her perspective. After all, you are your child’s source of encouragement. You are happiest when they succeed, and you are the one who will make them strive better if they fail. Your words make a world of difference to your child, for they have the power to make or break him or her.

Practice self-care, and use humor. Fathers who master balanced lifestyles are able to establish healthy patterns. This allows them to accept martyrdom as the price of parenting. Make sure to incorporate self-care strategies and humor into your daily life. Regular evenings and occasional weekends away can help you gain perspective, regroup, and come back to the family with renewed energy.

PERFECT DOESN’T EXIST

There’s no absolute answer for the rights and wrongs of fatherhood. You have to figure out what works best for you and your family, so don’t fret it you think you don’t possess one or any of the traits we listed. You’ve got this!

Adoption Choices of Colorado knows parenthood is all about learning as you go. It won’t be easy, but it’ll be more than worth it.

Adoption Choices of Colorado

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

Make an Impact

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

Patience BramlettPatience Bramlett, a University of Southern Mississippi news editorial graduate, is a seasoned and award-winning freelance writer. She is also a passionate reader, whose only wish is to live life without fear of the unknown. Her motivation and inspiration to live her best life stems from the words of John Lennon:

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

This year, she’s joining Adoption Choices Inc. as an Editorial Intern. Fueled by her love of family, she hopes to educate those looking to grow their families through adoption.

When Patience is not exploring Colorado with her husband, she’s drinking coffee, forever figuring out how to tame her hair, growing her library, and trying to break into the publishing career.

 

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Bibliography

Gross, Gail. “The Important Role of Dad.” HuffPost, HuffPost, 12 June 2014, www.huffpost.com/entry/the-important-role-of-dad_n_5489093.

Krisch, Joshua. “Fatherhood Changes Men’s Brains and Bodies Forever.” Fatherly, 27 Dec. 2018, www.fatherly.com/health-science/dad-psychology-science-fatherhood/.

Rosenberg, Jeffre, and Bradford Wilcox. “The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children.” US Department of Health and Human Services, 2006.

“The Changing Role of the Modern-Day Father.” American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/changing-father.

Vallotton, Claire, and Andy Henion. “Dads Play Key Role in Child Development.” MSUToday, 14 July 2016, msutoday.msu.edu/news/2016/dads-play-key-role-in-child-development/.

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