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

Completing your application with Adoption and Surrogacy 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 and Surrogacy 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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Adoptive Parent Training

As a client with Adoption and Surrogacy Choices, you are entitled to Adoption U’s, Adoptive Parent Training course. Adoption professionals from all over the U.S. review each step of the adoption process through short videos and interactive activities.

  • In short training sessions, learn the ins and outs for the most important steps of the adoption process
  • Learn at your own speed to best understand the material
  • Interactive training ensures you are armed with the knowledge you need
  • Quickly find adoption resources
  • Become Adoption U certified Adoptive Parents

From the home study to matching, hospital etiquette, post placement communication and more, we will cover a variety of topics so you are well equipped to become adoptive parents.

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Adoption and Surrogacy 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 and Surrogacy Choices 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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Colorado Core Training Adoption

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 classis $1250 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.

2022/23 Training Dates Available

  • October 15th and 16th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • November 5th and 6th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • December 10th and 11th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Jan 14th and 15th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Feb 11th and 12th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mar 11th and 12th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Apr 15th and 16th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • May 20th and 21st, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • June 10th and 11th, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Download 2022 CORE TRAINING Flyer

Download 2023 CORE TRAINING Flyer

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

Application

Completing your application with Adoption and Surrogacy 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 and Surrogacy 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.

Adoptive Parent Training

As a client with Adoption and Surrogacy Choices, you are entitled to Adoption U’s, Adoptive Parent Training course. Adoption professionals from all over the U.S. review each step of the adoption process through short videos and interactive activities.

  • In short training sessions, learn the ins and outs for the most important steps of the adoption process
  • Learn at your own speed to best understand the material
  • Interactive training ensures you are armed with the knowledge you need
  • Quickly find adoption resources
  • Become Adoption U certified Adoptive Parents

From the home study to matching, hospital etiquette, post placement communication and more, we will cover a variety of topics so you are well equipped to become adoptive parents.

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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 and Surrogacy Choices 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 $1250 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.

2022/2023 Training Dates Available

  • October 15th and 16th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • November 5th and 6th, 9:00am – 5:00pm

  • December 10th and 11th, 9:00am – 5:00pm

  • Jan 14th and 15th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Feb 11th and 12th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mar 11th and 12th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Apr 15th and 16th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • May 20th and 21st, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • June 10th and 11th, 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 and Surrogacy 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 and Surrogacy 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.

Homeless, Pregnant, Abused and Choosing Adoption

Homeless, Pregnant, Abused and Choosing Adoption

By Kara Villarreal

If you are faced with an unplanned pregnancy in Colorado, you may be looking into gaining more information about adoption. If adoption is being considered in your situation it is important to be informed about the types of adoption in Colorado, what an adoption plan would look like, how the adoption plan will be taken into effect, and even the rights and resources available to birth parents. 

There may be different and difficult circumstances that may have led to various questions, however at Adoption Choices of Colorado, we are here as a resource or even just to answer any questions that may come up when considering adoption. If you are in a difficult situation please utilize resources that you know will produce a better future. 

What is the Adoption Process in Denver?

The first step when considering adoption in Colorado is understanding the adoption process. First is choosing the type of adoption and how it relates to the type of future you want to have. There are three types including:

  • an open adoption, meaning both the birth parents and adoptive parents know each other and there is active communication. A semi-open adoption is limited communication, it can be through the agency or not, however this includes photos and updates.
  • a closed adoption in which there is no communication. 

In the adoption process you are given the choice of which type you feel the most comfortable with. 

Choosing a Colorado Adoptive Family

Another big step is the ability to choose the adoptive parents which may be the most important choice in this process. Adoption Choices of Colorado allows you to view adoptive parent profiles and even can be a communicative outlet. You have the choice of what type of family you would like to be the adoptive parents which can range from religion, state, and family life. 

Local Adoption Agencies Near me in Denver

If you are searching for local adoption agencies make sure you find one that makes you feel comfortable with asking difficult questions. When looking to create your adoption plan, it is important to recognize that you are the one in control. Make sure when you are considering this that you are prioritizing what is best for you and the baby. Whether that is finding aids that can help you financially and emotionally or the adoptive parents and birth plans. Consider the impact the choices you make can have on a possible selfless decision. 

Adoption Resources in Colorado

If you are faced with difficult situations where assistance is necessary, Adoption Choices of Colorado can be a great resource. Resources can include and are not limited to financial assistance, housing, medical appointments and expenses, counseling for the birth parents, and assistance with the creation of birth plans. If you are needing financial assistance in this process, Adoption Choices of Colorado can advise and connect you with certain loans and grants you may be eligible for. 

Financial assistance can range from grocery to transportation. Medical necessities are vital for your health and the future childs. Adoption Choices of Colorado can connect you agency physicians or even assist with scheduling if you do have a primary doctor of choice. Counseling and mental health tends to be a necessity during pregnancy and often after, along with giving a baby up for adoption

Through state regulated agencies like Adoption Choices of Colorado, you have the right to utilize free sessions that can include one on one or even group. All these resources can be met in the areas that are most needed, these are available to help make this choice and process easier for you and even safer for the birth mother and future child. 

Choosing Adoption to Place My Baby 

Being in an already difficult scenario doesn’t make considering adoption any easier, in fact it makes it harder. Adoption Choices of Colorado can be a resource in general if you are just looking for answers. Be sure if you are considering this, that you take into account how it affects the journey of a safe future. It is important to keep in mind that the factors that are vital is the ability to make the choice, initially. 

There are resources available to help provide the proper steps to take when looking into adoption. Keeping in mind that the assistance is available to you when necessary or needed. Most importantly, looking for the best interest of both the birth parents and the child. You have the ability to provide a loving family and safe future for your child. Once again, you are the only one who should have control in this decision, so trust your impulse. 

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado. Email Us or Text us at 720-371-1099. Call us: at 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.

Benefits of Adoption in Colorado

Benefits of Adoption in Colorado

By Wendy Swisher

When dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, adoption in Colorado can have many benefits for both the baby and birth mother. Not only is the choice of adoption a selfless act on your part but it was a decision that was not made lightly. Adoption can be a confusing process and you may not know how to place a baby for adoption. The key is finding adoption agencies that you trust and treat you with respect. At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we want to help make your adoption journey a positive experience. 

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

Benefits to Choosing Adoption in Colorado

1. Continuing your educational or career goals. Having a baby to take care of may make it more difficult for you to further your education or move forward in your career. It is a responsibility you are not ready for right now. You want to be more secure in your job, with a steady income. You want to finish your degree and maybe continue your education and could not do that while taking care of a child. Adoption in Coloradoallows you to focus on your goals and reach them. 

2. Providing a couple with a child, when they may not have been able to be parents otherwise. Some couples are not able to conceive for many different reasons. Adoption is their only chance to fulfill this dream. When giving up a child for adoption you are providing the adoptive couple with the ultimate blessing of being parents to your baby. 

3. Giving your baby opportunities they may have not gotten; such as college, financial security, and stability to name a few. Sometimes an unexpected pregnancy comes when you are not ready to be a parent. Maybe you are too young or not able to take on the responsibility of a child. Adoption allows you to give your child a better chance at life. That does not mean you are a bad person or should feel bad about your decision of adoption. It just shows you are able to make mature and selfless decisions when it comes to the welfare of not only yourself but your child as well. 

More Benefits to Choosing Adoption

4. Choosing who adopts your child. When you choose adoption you are in control of all the decisions that need to be made for your child. The most important decision being who will adopt your child. You get to go through the many files of possible families and pick the family that feels right to you. 

5. There are many services available to birth parents like financial, medical, or counseling. Adoption agencies want to make sure the birth mothers needs are met. This way she has a healthy and less stressful pregnancy. You and your adoption counselor will be able to decide what services are best for you. 

6. All legal and attorney fees are paid. When pregnant considering adoption you will not have to pay for any of the legal processes for adoption. Our attorneys can also answer any legal questions you have that pertains to the adoption. 

7. Stay in contact with adoptive parents. Depending on the type of adoption you choose, you may be able to keep in contact with the adoptive parents and receive updates on your child. An open adoption allows you and the adoptive parents to decide the frequency and type of contact you have with your baby. 

8. Having peace of mind because you know you made the right decision for you and your child. This decision may be the hardest you will ever make in your life. Knowing your child is loved and well taken care of gives you a sense of relief. As I mentioned before they do offer counseling services if you need help working through any emotions. 

Adoption Agencies in Colorado Supporting Denver Birth Parents

Call us today and our adoption counselors can help you get the adoption process started. First they will need to find out more about you and your situation. Then they will help you navigate each decision that needs to be made. Like what type of services you need (financial, medical, or counseling) , the type of adoption you want (open, semi-open, or closed), picking the adoptive family, and a birth plan for the hospital. Your adoption counselor will be at the hospital to advocate for you and make sure your birth plan is being followed. All of these choices and decisions are part of the adoption plan you create. 

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.

Birth Mother Support Groups

Birth Mother Support Groups

By Bruce Kong

As a birth mother, we know how important it is to find the right kind of support. We at Adoption Choices of Colorado will be a source of help when it comes to your adoption process. A lot goes through a birth mother’s mind when an unplanned pregnancy happens and after the adoption. Most feel alone and abandoned by the world. Thankfully, when you look up Colorado adoptions, this colorado adoption agency will be here to help you with the necessary steps to complete your adoption. However, while you’re doing a great thing by considering Adoption agencies and placing your baby for adoption, you are taking care of your child but forgetting someone else – and it’s you! So, before you do anything, you must take care of yourself. Here’s a little secret: the aftermath of the adoption process is always the hardest. Luckily there are support groups out there that are within your grasp, and here’s why you should consider them. If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

What are Birth Mother Support Groups?

These are groups where you are with women who have shared the same struggles as you or are currently in the same situation. The members of support groups come together to share their stories, provide valuable advice, and assist each other in navigating resources and tools for getting through their pregnancy. Anyone can join these support groups; however, be forewarned: there will be groups you may not find appealing. Each support group is different, and the goals they aim for may not fit your liking, so make sure you research before you join one. There is nothing worse than joining a support group that shares nothing in common, and while the overall aim to show support for each other is there, meaningful relationships are not forming. But this isn’t to intimidate you – it’s to let you know that people are different – humans are imperfect, we have our preferences, and sometimes we don’t agree on mutual terms. That said, allow us to tell you why support groups are worth it.

1. Validation

You should never feel ashamed of your pregnancy and a Colorado adoption. People have their reasons why they adopt, and support groups are there to empathize with your feelings. Many women have gone through your situation and are ready to walk through the emotional steps of the adoption process.

2. Healing

When the adoption process finishes, it will be hard to process everything that took place. Support groups will not only help you celebrate your selflessness, but you will learn how to grieve in the process. It will be difficult, but you won’t be doing it alone – peace of mind will present itself in your decision at the appropriate time.

3. Celebration

Having a cheerleading group of people is always a nice feeling. When you understand that there are people there to rally for you after the adoption process will do amazing wonders for your mental health. It develops a more positive mindset to see a brighter future.

4. Unconditional Support

Just because a support group is there for a limited time does not mean it permanently stops! You never know who you meet in public and may form relationships within those groups, and with friends comes a healthy chain of sharing emotions and in-depth stories. Don’t be scared to step outside of your comfort zone and reach out after the support group finishes.

Still Unsure, We at Adoption Choices of Colorado are Here for You!

That is completely fine; you can take as much time to ensure everything works for you. Remember, this is about your well-being and the time frame of how you process everything. If you feel like you need to be alone before attending to others, that works; but if you need to be surrounded by a group of loving and supportive people, feel free to dive right into support groups – they’re not going anywhere. There are multiple support groups to choose from, so don’t feel limited to just one. At the end of the day, your preferences are your own. If you need any valuable resources in searching for the right support group, Adoption Choices of Colorado is the first step to take. We will do everything in our power to ensure that you find proper support and the right community. 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.

Choosing the Right Adoptive Family

Choosing the Right Adoptive Family

by Hunter Silvey

Choosing adoption for your baby is a big step. Adoption Choices of Colorado is a nonprofit private adoption agency that wants to find the right fit for your child. Placing your baby for adoption takes a lot of courage and determination, and we want you to have as much information about the adoption process when choosing the right adoptive family for your baby.

There are many pieces in your life that have molded you as a person. Choices that were made for you long ago helped shape the person you are today. When considering a family to adopt your child, it’s completely natural and okay to want a say in the life your baby will live. Whether you had an unplanned pregnancy or other circumstances, our adoption specialists are here to provide options. Adoption in Colorado is a click away, and we are here to deliver any information you need.

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

Factors that Determine Your Adoption Decisions

When picking a family for your baby, decisions have to be made. Our adoption agency wants to help you make decisions that will form your adoption plan. What decisions were made in your life that has become essential for you? Here are a few categories that may influence your decisions:

  • Religious preference
  • Multicultural community
  • Location of the adopting family’s home
  • Adopting parents’ professions

Adoption Choices of Colorado will bring you personalized family profiles for you to look through that outline important subjects. If you wish for your child to grow within a community that has diversity in perspective, we have options. If you’re interested in staying close for open adoption, we will look for families that are relatively close to you. We give thorough background checks for all families applying to adopt children. This includes a family that is financially capable of taking care of your baby.

Our Adoption Community

While Adoption Choices of Colorado is not a Christian adoption agency, we want you to know that we are entirely inclusive. We want to work with you in finding your baby home. If your background is Christian, Jewish, or any other affiliated faith, we want to find families that uphold your traditions if you desire that while searching for an adopting family.

All About the Adoptive Family

The family unit can be complex. Adoption Choices of Colorado has information about the logistics and dynamics of the families that are looking to adopt. After figuring out the black-and-white details, you can choose to interview families that interest you. Getting to know the adoptive parents’ lives can give you great comfort and optimism for the future of your child. The things about them that may interest you could include:

  • Personality traits
  • If there are other children in the home
  • Adopting parents’ ages
  • If there is a stay-at-home parent
  • The length of the marriage

All of these things can help influence your decision moving forward. Getting to know the families that are interested in adopting your child is a great way to figure out what kind of life your child will enjoy. Young couples bring so much energy and passion, but an older couple may provide wisdom and love that is hard to resist. If you are worried about the day-to-day hustle of Corporate America taking up quality time with your child, we may have options for a family that has a stay-at-home parent. 

Looking for an Adoption Agency Near You

Finding adoption agencies near you can be a stressor if you’re unaware of your options in the state of Colorado. Our agency reaches many cities in our state. From adoption in Colorado Springs to Ft. Collins. Brighton, Lakewood, Greely, Longmont, Aurora, Boulder, Thornton, Westminster, and Wheatridge. Even if you’re looking for an adoption agency in Denver, we’ve got you covered.

Taking the First Step for Choosing the Right Adoptive Family for Your Baby

Setting your child up for a bright future doesn’t have to be difficult. Adoption Choices of Colorado wants to help you figure out an adoption plan that works for you. Once you take that first step in contacting us, our adoption specialists will get you moving in the right direction. We want you to be a part of this process to the best of your ability so that you can rest assured that your child is set up for success. Connecting with families that are interested in adopting your child is such an invaluable resource, and we are certain it will be a huge weight off your shoulders. Reach out to us; our agency will work tirelessly to ensure your child’s future is bright.

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.

Post-Placement Adoption Options 

Post-Placement Adoption Options 

By Anna Keller

Are you in the process of placing your baby for adoption? If so, you might be wondering what happens after birth. Adoption can be difficult, from dealing with an unplanned pregnancy to finding the right family. But what about the aftermath? Does it get easier? Adoption is a complicated process, and there is no simple, immediate answer to that question. If you are looking for information on adoption in Colorado, then we are here to help. Adoption agencies such as Adoption Choices of Colorado have a plethora of resources.

Adoption Choices of Colorado is a private Colorado adoption agency. They specialize in helping you not only during but after your pregnancy. With assistance, you will form your own adoption plan. But what about the emotional tolls of the adoption process in Colorado? You may want to look into counseling. This is perfectly normal and does not make you weak to ask for help. Processing emotions is important not only for you but for the health of your baby. That is why one option of counseling post-placement is grief counseling.  

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

Adoption Grief Counseling  

You may not know if you will even grieve your baby at all. But if you do, that is also perfectly normal. It’s valid, even. You have just given birth to your child, who you have to give away. It’s normal to feel sad. In fact, your grief may blindside you. You may be expecting to feel relief that you no longer have the responsibility of bearing a child. But instead, you are battered with sorrow. So how do you deal with this? How do you cope? The number one thing to remember is that you should not feel obligated to go it alone. Grief counselors exist for this very reason. You can lean on others for support during this emotional time.

You have just given birth to a baby; it is normal to grieve your loss. They were a part of you for nine months, after all. Expecting to bounce back immediately after birth is a fallacy. Placing that expectation on birth mothers is harmful to all women for lots of reasons. First, it propagates the idea that women are invincible and immune to any harmful effects of birth. This includes both the physical and the emotional effects. Naming women as these immovable fortresses of steel bolsters the illusion that birth is easy. It’s better to face reality for what it is. Reconciling with the notion that birth is not easy is better than pretending that it is.  

Grief counselors will help you process all your feelings about your baby. You may be feeling inadequate for not being able to parent yourself. But if you are not ready to parent, that is not your fault. That is why adoption exists. It is important to remember that by adopting out your baby, you are doing a good thing. Not only are you giving your baby a chance at life, but you also give a couple a chance to be parents.  

Birth Mother Post-Placement Adoption Support Groups 

Adoption in Colorado, through Adoption Choices of Colorado, also includes support groups. This is another post-placement service offered to birth mothers. Why are support groups important? Why should a birth mother be interested in them? For starters, it can be fruitful to connect with others who have gone through something similar to you. Finding other kindred spirits can be incredibly helpful to the healing process. Talking to a counselor is great, but ultimately, support groups witness a rawer kind of healing. There is something special about connecting with somebody going through an experience that mirrors yours. You will feel less strange and disconnected from the world. You will ground yourself again, finding your place. Furthermore, it can even lead to friendship.  

One support group through Adoption Choices of Colorado is Lifetime Healing. What makes Lifetime Healing special? What separates it from other support groups? Not only do women have the space to individually share their stories, but the president composed a curriculum. It isn’t what it sounds like; it is not like school. Rather, it is a manual on post-placement care that women can follow. Its materials include advice on how to care for yourself during the early stages of post-placement.  

Financial Assistance and Overall Support for Post-Placement Adoption

Another option for post-placement service is financial assistance. Even after birth, you can still apply for financial assistance. You may still be eligible for things such as loans, grants, and programs. Coverage includes certain necessities such as rent, utilities, medical bills, or even your phone bill. Your eligibility will depend on your current earnings and financial status.  

Ultimately, your options for post-placement care are vast. It is important to reiterate that you are not alone. Even if your normal support system does not help, that does not mean you have nobody. You can find your support group through the connections you make during this process. To say that you will ‘bounce back’ after birth is wrong and harmful to women. Resultantly, it is better to accept the reality that you will remain changed and stronger because of it.

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.

15 Adoption Terms to Know

15 Adoption Terms to Know

By Jaclyn Prasa

It can initially seem daunting if you are considering adoption in Colorado for your unplanned pregnancy. Where do you even start? Adoption Choices of Colorado is here to assist you throughout the entire adoption process and is readily available to help answer any questions that may arise. Stemming from its history, adoption has been associated with many untrue stigmas. Therefore, while starting the process, it is important to reframe your mindset by addressing the adoption process properly. Positive Adoption Language (PAL) is a way to verbally address adoption positively. Ultimately, when you choose a Colorado adoption, you are making a loving, positive choice for your child. Therefore, words and phrases associated with adoption should also be positive. Here are some positive terms to help you learn more about the process of adoption. 

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

Practicing PAL: 15 Adoption Terms to Know

1. Adoption

This is the legal process when there is a transfer of parental rights. Typically, and when dealing with private adoption, a birth parent will relinquish their parental rights allowing the adoptive parents custody of their child. It is when a person who is not the biological parent is legally granted custody and raises the child as their own. 

2. Adoptee

The adoptee is the person or child who is adopted. 

3. Adoption Triad

This refers to the major three involved in the adoption: birth parents, adoptive parents, and the adoptee. The triad can also be referred to as the “adoption triangle” or “adoption circle.” 

4. Birth Parent 

Either birth mother or birth father describes the child’s biological parents. The term “real” mother or “real” father is not correct PAL in terms of adoption. It gives the impression that the adoptive parents are “not real” parents if they are not related by blood. That is false. In the adoption process, adoptive parents take in the adoptee and raise them as their own. The adoptive parent loves, protects, and guides the child and takes on the role of parent.  

5. Adoption Plan

The adoption plan is part of the adoption process and is created by the birth parent, along with the advisement of a professional from the adoption agency. This is the birth parent’s decision to allow their child to be placed up for adoption. In doing so, they make a few decisions regarding what is best for their situation. Depending on the adoption agency, an adoption plan can vary based on resource assistance. Adoption Choices of Colorado can help birth parents with financial support, safe housing, medical care, and emotional support. Additionally, the birth parent will choose the type of adoption and, consequently, the adoptive family. 

6. Relinquishment

Adoption Choices of Colorado is a licensed private adoption agency where birth parents voluntarily relinquish or terminate their parental rights to release the child to the adoption agency in order for the adoptive family to gain legal custody. 

7. ICPC

ICPC, also known as Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, is a legal agreement between all 50 States. It ensures that any child adopted in between states will be placed in a safe home.  

8. Open Adoption

This refers to the level of openness in an adoption. An open adoption allows birth parents to choose the adoptive family as well as keep in direct contact with them. This can allow for long-term contact between birth parents, adoptive parents, and child. This is a great option for birth parents who wish to remain connected to their child. 

9. Confidential or Closed Adoption 

Refers to adoption that is confidential by all means. The birth parents and adoptive parents’ information are not disclosed, except for medical history. There is no direct contact in this arrangement. The adoption agency is the middleman between the birth parent and the adoptive parent. 

10. Consent Form

A legal document that the birth parent signs of relinquishing parental rights. The birth parent signs this after a certain amount of hours, depending on the state, after giving birth to a child. 

11. Private Adoption Agency

Non-government, state-licensed, and privately funded agencies. Adoption Choices of Colorado is a private adoption agency. 

12. Home Study

An assessment of adoptive family to ensure a good fit for parenthood. This requires background checks, questions to discover moral character and history, as well as a psychosocial assessment. An in-depth evaluation involves several in-person meetings, and then the court will approve. 

13. Post-Placement Supervision

After the adoptee’s placement and before the finalization of the adoptive parent’s legal custody, this is the supervision made by a social worker who will track the progress of placement. 

14. Adoption Finalization

The finalization hearing is the legal process in which the court deems the adoptive parent’s permanent custody. 

15. Reunion

Meeting between birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive parents. 

Further Questions About the Adoption

Placing your baby up for adoption may be one of the hardest decisions you will make. By choosing adoption, you are ensuring that your baby is given more opportunities while being raised in a household that is ready to raise a child. Choosing adoption is a selfless and generous choice. Positive Adoption Language helps to care for each person involved in the adoption while also fighting outdated stigmatized ideas. 

There are several adoption agencies in Colorado to choose from. It is important to choose the right agency for you. Adoption Choices of Colorado has agencies in Denver and assists in Christian adoption agencies. Most importantly, Adoption Choices of Colorado will care for your unique situation and help support you throughout the entire adoption process. 

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.

Ways to Celebrate National Adoption Month in CO

Ways to Celebrate National Adoption Month in CO

By Anna Keller

Placing your baby for adoption is something that may seem daunting. And in a lot of ways, it is. But if you do decide to go through with the adoption process, you will have support. Christian adoption agencies like Adoption Choices of Colorado will provide resources for you to navigate this process regardless of your religion. You can also look locally; for instance, if there is an adoption agency in Denver that grabs your attention, reach out to them. The primary goal of private adoption agencies is to help you as much as possible during your unplanned pregnancy. If you are looking into creating an adoption plan, you might be aware that November is National Adoption Month. Celebrating adoption in Colorado can be lots of fun, especially if you get creative. 

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado. 

Ways to Destigmatize Adoption 

One way to celebrate is to raise awareness, which can be done through social media. Social media is a great way to convey your stance on certain topics. If enough people post positive messages about adoption, the stigmas can begin to fade. The narrative will begin to shift. In time, birth mothers will no longer be villainized or targeted for ‘giving up on’ their children. One website offers the idea of sharing statistics of thousands of children waiting for a home. Another fun idea is watching a movie that positively represents adoption. Many sectors of the media, including movies, portray adoption negatively.

They use it as a crutch to withhold the villain’s backstory or even as a flimsy side plot to legitimize bad behavior. This portrayal of adoption is harmful because it discourages birth mothers from putting their children up for adoption. It also blames the birth mothers for ‘ditching’ their children when they are, in reality, unfit to be parents.  

Similarly to watching a movie, you can tap into National Adoption Month by reading a book. The website notes that there are also children’s books on adoption if you want to give the adoptive parents some inspiration. Another activity you could suggest to the adoptive family is mug painting. Your child could paint his or her adoption date on the mug as a token of appreciation for their adoption. National Adoption Month exists because adoption in Colorado, or any state, deserves to be celebrated.  

More Ways to Celebrate National Adoption Month

Another way of celebrating is to give back. If you cannot provide financial donations, there are other solutions. You could volunteer at an adoption support group once you have recovered from giving birth. Other birth mothers would especially appreciate your support, as you would have invaluable insight. In connection to this, another idea that often gets overlooked is supporting foster families. Foster families need support too, so what better way than to send them a meal or card for the holidays?  

Writing a letter is a way to celebrate involving direct communication with your child. You can write a letter to the adoptive family, your child, or both. This is a great way to open up the lines of communication and connect yourself more fully to the family. This especially works if you fall under the category of really missing your child once you have given birth. Though it may be true that all birth mothers may miss their babies at least a little, some do more than others. That is perfectly fine. If you are a birth mother who anticipates she will really miss her child, then this is a good option.  

Why Adoption is not the ‘End-All, Be-All’  

Writing letters also allows you to get to know your child as someone more than just a baby who you created. It allows you to humanize them further by attributing certain personality traits and preferences to them. For instance, you will learn about their favorite color, food, and TV show. You can receive pictures of your child by letter as they grow, thus placing a face to the name. Adoption is often misconceived to be this end-all, be-all thing. It does not always have to be that way. If you choose to have an open adoption, you will likely stay in contact with the adoptive parents after you give birth.  

If you are a birth mother looking to adopt, you are not alone. You will find that the more you immerse yourself in the adoption community, the more support you will receive.  Also, you will find that as much as adoption may be stigmatized, it is also celebrated. You can contribute to this celebration.

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.

Benefits of Choosing Adoption in Colorado 

Benefits of Choosing Adoption in Colorado 

By Jaclyn Prasa

It can be a shock to find out about your unplanned pregnancy. If you know that you are not yet ready to parent your child, then adoption is a wonderful option to consider. First, adoption is a choice made out of love. It’s a way to give your child all that you can by giving them life and choosing another family to raise them. Here are some other benefits offered by local adoption agencies in Colorado and Christian adoption agencies

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

Choosing Adoption the Right Type of Adoption for Your Baby

1. Adoption allows for more opportunities for your child

It is likely that if you are thinking about adoption, then it might be because you are not financially stable enough to provide for and raise your child. Parenting can be very expensive. In 2022, with rising inflation, it is now estimated that it costs over $300,000 to raise a child to the age of 17. That’s not even to the age of legal adulthood! 

Adoptive families are carefully screened before they are approved to adopt your child. Proof of income ensures that they are able to provide for everyone in their household at the base level and more. Additionally, it is statistically shown that adoptive parents tend to have higher incomes than parents who do not adopt. Adopted children are less likely to live below the poverty line. In addition to financial security, adoptive families have been planning on adoption for quite some time. Therefore, they are financially and emotionally ready to raise a child.  

2. Adoption allows you to keep contact with your child 

The adoption process consists of choosing one kind of adoption: open, semi-open, or closed. Depending on your unique situation, you might choose an open adoption which will allow you to choose the adoptive family and keep direct contact with that family. You will also then be able to arrange contact with your child post-placement. This can vary, but you will very well be able to maintain a relationship with your child. Additionally, an open adoption benefits your child. Adoptees wish to know their birth parents. They wish to know where they came from. This brings them a grander sense of support and understanding of identity. 

3. You may be supported with financial assistance

Adoption is a free process. When you contact Adoption Choices of Colorado, you will create an adoption plan. In the plan, you may qualify for financial assistance, which can help in certain aspects like paying rent or utility bills. This is a life-altering experience you are going through. Caring for your pregnancy and then giving up your child for adoption is emotionally challenging. Therefore, we wish to assist you as much as we can. Financial help is one simple way to alleviate some of your burdens. We also assist with medical care, safe housing, and emotional support. It is important to us that you feel supported. And with our help, we hope to bring you closer to healing. 

4. You can feel at peace with your decision and move on with your life. 

Adoption Choices of Colorado understands how difficult of a decision it is to place your child up for adoption. While you make a hard decision out of love for your child, you are then able to freely move on with your life however you wish. If you want to further your education or career, you can do so with peace of mind as you know that your child is being well-cared for. 

5. The adoptive family is granted their dream of raising a child.

The wait time for adoptive families to adopt a child can be anywhere from 6 months to several years. But that does not include the work prior to acceptance into the local adoption agency. Nor does it include the private conversations and desires before finding Adoption Choices of Colorado. Most commonly, adoptive families adopt due to infertility or pregnancy complications. They are unable to conceive a child of their own. This can be a sorrowful realization. Adoption is their hope and salvation. By choosing adoption for your baby, you are choosing an adoptive family to gratefully and lovingly raise your child as their own.

6. Adoptees are emotionally strong and physically healthy.  

Adoptees are typically healthy, with 85% of adopted children’s health classified as “excellent.” Additionally, 88% of adopted children aged 6 and up show positive social behavior. While more opportunities for your child were brushed upon above, it does seem that adoptees are typically raised in an environment with more parental attention. Adopted children are more likely to be read to or sung to each night. This promotes a nurtured foundation that raises children to feel more self-assured and confident in themselves. Adoptees have shown more interest and likelihood in the engagement of extracurricular activities. Additionally, the majority of adoptees are in some type of open adoption. This may allow them to know and feel loved by both their adoptive family and birth family. 

Is Adoption Right for You and Your Baby?

Adoption may be the next best thing if you cannot parent your child yourself. You can determine the right family who raises your baby. You can choose a family that most resonates with your values if you so desire. Also, adopted children do not have much of a disadvantage when everyone in the situation wants what’s best for them: a supportive and loving home. The most important factor when determining your options for your child is deciding on the most loving option. A Colorado adoption is certainly a loving and hopeful choice. 

If you have any more questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call your adoption agency in Denver. Adoption in Colorado is here to help you every step of the way.

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.

Adoption Facts in Colorado

Adoption Facts in Colorado

By Tyra Watts

Adoption is a practice that is common in the United States. Birth mothers have the right to choose adoption, as it is one of the three unplanned pregnancy options, with the other two being the termination of pregnancy and parenting. By placing your baby for adoption, your child is placed in a safe and loving home in which they can grow and thrive. If you are interested in adoption, then you should stick around. In this article, Adoption Choices of Colorado will cover eight facts about adoption. This can help you determine whether or not adoption is the right choice for you. 

8 Facts About Adoption in Colorado

As stated earlier, Adoption Choices of Colorado will go over eight facts about Adoption in Colorado. You need to know about these facts because this can help you, the birth mother, gain clarity on adoption and how it is done in the state of Colorado.

1. We Provide Adoption Services for Birth Mothers

Adoption agencies in Colorado provide a multitude of services for birth mothers during their adoption process. We have adoption resources that are eligible can help you. We help cover pregnancy expenses like rent, utilities, and food, as well as medical assistance and prenatal care.

2. You Are In Control of Your Adoption Plan

Not only do you have the right to place your child for adoption, but you are also in control of your adoption plan. You can choose the adoptive family, the type of adoption you want, and your hospital plan. The hospital plan includes who you want present when you give birth and during your hospital stay.

3. There Are Three Types of Adoption

As previously stated, there are three types of adoption that you can choose from: open adoption, closed adoption, and semi-open adoption. Some birth mothers prefer open adoption because it allows for communication with the adoptive family. After the adoption is finalized, there may be a visit or email about the child’s progress. On the other hand, a closed adoption is when the birth mother and the adoptive family have no communication with each other. The adoption is mainly controlled by the adoption agency. Not much information between the birth mother and adoptive family is shared. Lastly, a semi-open adoption is in the middle of open and closed adoptions. It is when the interaction between the birth mother and the adoptive family is facilitated by the adoption agency. When it comes to the type of adoption, it is important to take into consideration your needs as well as the child’s needs.

 4. We Have Plenty of Adoption Agencies in Colorado

In the state of Colorado, we have plenty of adoption agencies. Whether they are Christian adoption agencies or an adoption agency in Denver, each adoption agency has a wonderful staff of employees that can assist you with your needs. We have adoption agencies in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Brighton, Ft. Collins, Greely, Lakewood, Longmont, Thornton, Westminster, and Wheatridge.

5. We Have Post-Placement Support

After the adoption has been finalized, we will provide post-placement support for you at no cost. You can join a Birth Mother Support Group if you are feeling lonely and in need of help or a support counselor that will be there for you as long as you need it. As an adoption agency, we know how hard it is to place your child for adoption. We want to do our best to be by your side.

6. You Can Place Your Child for Adoption if They’re Already Born

If you have a newborn or young child and you would like to place them for adoption, we are here to help! It is never too late to be considering adoption. We can help you with your adoption plan, selecting an adoptive family, and having an open or closed adoption. One of our biggest priorities is the child, and we want them to be under the care of a good adoptive family.

7. You Do Not Have to Appear in Court to Give Your Consent

When the adoption process is finalized, there’s usually a court date held for you to give up your parental rights and transfer them to the adoptive family. However, in Colorado, you do not have to relinquish your parenting rights in front of the court as long as the child is under one year old. If the child is over one year old, then you are required to go to court.

8. Adoptive Parents Are Required to Update You on The Child

Our adoption agencies require adoptive parents to be open to sending pictures or letters to the birth mother regarding their child at least once a year until the child reaches the age of eighteen. You can also send the adoptive family letters and pictures that are for the baby through the adoption agency.

We At Adoption Choice of Colorado Are Here To Help!

As the birth mother, 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.

All about Colorado Birth Mothers

All about Colorado Birth Mothers

By Jaclyn Prasa

If you are a woman who is facing an unplanned pregnancy, you are not alone. Adoption Choices of Colorado has helped many women in similar situations. It is our job to support you throughout the entire adoption process. 

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

Why Birth Mothers Seek Adoption

If you are a birth mother seeking adoption in Colorado, that could be for one of several reasons:

  • You’re young
  • Your family is already complete
  • You’re burdened by financial instability
  • Your home life is unstable
  • You do not desire to raise a child as a single parent
  • You lack a support system
  • You’re not yet ready to be a mother
  • You desire to continue your education or further your career

Regardless of your unique reason, it is valid, and adoption would be a wonderful option for you. 

A birth mother choosing adoption is one who wishes to give her baby more opportunity than she can offer. A birth mother provides all the love that she can give to her baby by choosing a family that can properly care for, provide for, and love her child. Adoption is a selfless choice made by birth mothers. It is also a hard choice. Adoption Choices of Colorado understands the difficulty of giving up a child for adoption. We will be here for you every step of the way. 

What is Adoption and the Adoption Process?

In terms of private adoption, adoption is when a birth mother, or birth parents, cannot raise their baby, so the birth mother chooses an adoptive family for her baby. 

The adoption process begins when you contact Adoption Choices of Colorado. An adoption counselor will help you set up an adoption plan.  If you are eligible, your adoption will include adoption resources which include medical care, safe housing, and emotional support counseling. If you may need an attorney due to an unsupportive birth father or any Colorado adoption law, your adoption counselor will assist you with contact. In this stage, you will begin to think about the kind of adoptive family you wish to raise your child. You will be able to choose a family from our list of patiently eager, awaiting families. 

Additionally, you will choose the type of adoption you want. There are three: open, semi-open, and closed adoption. This refers to the level of contact and communication you want to keep with your child. The choice is completely yours. An open arrangement in your adoption may be something you seek, or you may want no contact at all. You can also change your mind at any point in the process. Adoption in Colorado allows the birth mother 72 hours after she has given birth to sign over consent. Once you sign, the process is finalized and mostly irreversible. You can change your mind up to this point. 

Also, adoption is always an option for birth mothers. You can begin the process as soon as you find out about your unplanned pregnancy. Or you can choose adoption after you have given birth. Once you contact Adoption Choices of Colorado, we will be better to assist you once we fully understand your situation.  

If you choose adoption agencies in Denver, you can be confident with peace of mind knowing that your child is in caring hands with the family of your choosing. 

3 Common Myths of Adoption

There are many myths about birth mothers who choose adoption. Each one is false and unfounded.

Myth #1: If a birth mother chooses adoption, it means she doesn’t love her baby. 

This is a painful one that is incredibly incorrect. Birth mothers choose adoption because they love their child. It is not easy to choose adoption. You are caring for your growing pregnancy. You give birth to your baby. Then you give your child up to another family who can better provide for your baby. It is a selfless and entirely loving act that birth mothers do for their baby. 

Myth #2: A birth mother will regret her decision.

Adoption is not lightly chosen, and therefore when a birth mother decides to place her baby up for adoption, it is for the benefit of both the baby and mother. Adoption can be emotionally challenging, sure, but that does not mean that the birth mother will regret her decision. She is giving a family their dream of raising and loving her child. Her child will grow up in a supportive home that is ready to parent. 

While you may face hard emotions, you can stand firm in your courageous choice of taking care of your baby and yourself. 

Myth #3: A birth mother’s child will grow to hate her. 

This is a hard thought to bear, and it is not true. The adoptive family you choose will lovingly support and raise your child as their own. They will explain their gratefulness for you allowing them to raise your child. You, the birth mother, have chosen life and love for your child. There is nothing within your choice that a child can hate. 

Is Adoption Right for You? 

Like the adoption process, the choice is yours to make. If you have any questions regarding adoption, do not hesitate to contact local adoption agencies. Additionally, if you seek Christian adoption agencies, we can help. We want to help you make the best decision for your baby and yourself. 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.

Adoption Types in Colorado 

Adoption Types in Colorado 

By Anna Keller 

There are several different types of adoption if you are interested in learning more about the adoption process. Different kinds of adoption Colorado offers enable you to choose a type that works best for you. One adoption agency Denver endorses is Adoption Choices of Colorado. Our adoption agencies like this help you select your type of adoption. It will depend on what you want out of the adoption. Meaning it depends on how involved you want to be in the kid’s life. 

Adoption agencies in Colorado will help you navigate your unplanned pregnancy from beginning to end. Although, it doesn’t really ‘end’ when you give birth. Even though you are placing your baby for adoption, your experience will still affect you. That is why it is important to make an adoption plan that works for you. Adoption in Colorado has valuable resources that will help you navigate pregnancy and birth difficulties. Unlike Christian adoption agencies, we at Adoption Choices of Colorado are not affiliated with any religion. You will also receive help postpartum if that is something you want.  

Open Adoption 

The first type of adoption is open adoption. Open adoption means that you will frequently communicate with your adoptive family about the child. Types of contact include emails, phone calls, letters, and in-person meetings. One thing to keep in mind about open adoption is that you raise the possibility of your child finding out about you sooner. This is, of course, a fine option. Your child will eventually understand why you went through with the adoption, even if they didn’t initially. But this initial misunderstanding is something you may have to wrestle with if you pick open adoption. With open adoption comes knowing when those difficult conversations are had. You get to check in frequently, but you also must deal with watching your kid get raised by someone else. This option is not for everyone. While some birth mothers are completely fine watching their babies get raised by adoptive families, others are not. Some birth mothers feel too close to the situation, too involved, to be able to zoom out and peek in from afar like that.  

Another thing to keep in mind about open adoption is that if you go through with it, you have the option of meeting your child face-to-face as they grow up. This may be fine for some birth mothers but not for others. It all depends on what you think you can handle. If you know that seeing your child would be too painful, then don’t. But if you think you would enjoy it, then go for it.  

Semi-Open and Closed Adoption 

The next type of adoption is semi-open. This means that there is some mediated communication between the birth mother and the adoptive family. This includes the time period during the pregnancy. No revealing information is given, for that would tread closer to ‘open’ territory. However, you still can communicate as much as you want during the pregnancy; it will just taper off after birth. Meaning once you give birth, you will not contact them anymore.  

Closed adoption is exactly what it sounds like: the birth mother makes no contact with the adoptive family at any point during the adoption process. This option, like the others, has both its benefits and drawbacks. To address the former, closed adoption can feel relieving for a birth mother who does not want to be reminded of their child. However, this option runs a risk. You will not be able to get a feel for the adoptive family in person. For some birth mothers, this is fine. For others, it makes all the difference. It depends on the type of relationship you want to have with your child.  

Next Steps after Choosing Adoption Type 

Now you may be wondering, what should I look for in an adoptive family? It depends on what type of lifestyle you want for your child. You are allowed to choose based on factors such as religion, gender, and sexuality. Some birth mothers are more selective than others about this, so it is up to you how to proceed. When you think you are ready to begin searching for families, your adoption agency will set you up with an adoption specialist. The adoptive families have already met certain qualifications and acquired licenses for most adoption agencies. Resultantly, you do not have to worry whether they will love and care for your child. That is built-in.  

Next, you will meet with your caseworker, who will help you begin the process of finding families. After you choose which type of adoption you want, you will look through a parent profile book. This is where you factor in your values, such as religion and culture. You also should consider what type of family you want for your child, in all senses of the word. What about the families’ values and how they align with your own? Something as seemingly trivial as a level of strictness can be a huge impacting factor in choosing an adoptive family. That is why it is important to look at your options closely and think carefully before deciding.  

Choosing a family does not have to be difficult since you have a support system to help you through the process. 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.

All About Birth Fathers and their Roles in a Colorado Adoption

All About Birth Fathers and their Roles in a Colorado Adoption

When it comes to adoption, Adoption Choices of Colorado does what it can as an adoption agency to assist the birth parents, child, and adoptive family during the adoption processAdoption agencies in Colorado know how important it is to focus our attention on the birth mother since they are the ones who have a right to choose adoption and can have control over their adoption plan. However, adoption is not often discussed from the birth father’s perspective, which is what today’s article will be about.

Adoption Choices of Colorado will focus on what adoption is, what a birth father is and what role they play in adoption, as well as proving facts and myths about birth fathers.

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE). Visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

What is Adoption?

Adoption is a process in which a child is placed into the care of a new family as a result of their birth parents decided to give them up. Adoption in Colorado can be difficult for many birth parents, but our adoption agencies within the state of Colorado will help you throughout the adoption. If you want to get started, you’ll have to contact Adoption Choices of Colorado to schedule a meeting with an adoption specialist to go over your situation. We will also provide you with prenatal care, financial assistance, and other services to support you through the process.

Around this time, you will also choose a type of adoption (open, closed, or semi-open), look over adoptive family profiles, and choose an adoptive family. Depending on your adoption type, you can get to know the adoptive family. At some point, you’ll curate your hospital plan as a way to prepare for your delivery. As one of many Christian adoption agencies in Colorado, we will make sure that you have post-placement support, such as support counseling for yourself, the birth father, and the rest of your family.

What is A Birth Father?

A birth father is someone who is the father of the child. Similar to the birth mother, the birth father has rights as a parental figure, such as knowing that the birth mother is having their adoption in Colorado, being a part of the process, and going against the adoption. 

What Role Do Birth Fathers Play in Adoption? 

In the Colorado adoption process, the birth father plays an essential role. They are commonly known as a support system for the birth mother. Adoption Choices of Colorado strongly believe in the birth father supporting birth mothers because it can be a stressful period for the birth mother.

Knowing that your child will end up being raised by another family can be scary for the birth mother, so it’s best that, as the birth father, you’re there by her side. As stated earlier, the birth father has the right to be a part of the adoption process. Just like the birth mother, they also have a say in decisions regarding the adoption, such as selecting an adoptive family and what type of adoption to choose. 

Facts and Myths About Birth Fathers

There are plenty of facts and myths regarding birth fathers, but here are four of the most common ones:

1. Birth Fathers Have Parental Rights 

This is a fact. As stated earlier, the birth father has parental rights, such as knowing about the adoption, having a say in the adoption, and going against the adoption. If the birth father is against the adoption, then he can take this matter to court. Our Colorado adoption agencies can provide you with legal services for you to fight this case. 

2. All Birth Fathers Are Not Present in the Adoption Process

This is a myth. In some adoption cases, we have birth fathers that are supportive of the birth during the adoption process. As previously stated, birth fathers have the right to partake in the adoption and help with certain decisions. 

3. It is common That Birth Fathers are Either Supportive, Unsupportive, or Unknown

This is a fact. In most of the cases that adoption agencies in Colorado come across, the birth father supports or doesn’t support the adoption, or they are unknown. Luckily, Colorado adoption agencies have solutions for each of these scenarios. 

4. Adoption Agencies Do Not Help Birth Fathers 

This is a myth. The services we provide for the birth mother are also for the birth father. A prime example of this is financial services and support counseling during and after the adoption process. 

Our Colorado Adoption Agencies are Here to Help

Placing your baby for adoption will be a lot easier with Adoption Choices of Colorado. We have plenty of locations within the state, such as the adoption agency in Denver, Boulder, adoption in Colorado Springs, Aurora, Brighton, Longmont, and much more. To get started, text us at 720-371-1099, or call us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.

All About the Adoptees

All About the Adoptees

By Tyra Watts

When it comes to adoption, one of the goals that Adoption Choices of Colorado aims to achieve is to satisfy the birth mother, the child, and the adoptive families with our services. We want to ensure that our team of wonderful employees is doing what they can to make the adoption process go as smoothly as possible for both parties involved. With adoption, we know that the birth mother plays an essential role because they are the ones who decide whether or not they want to place their child for adoption, and if they do choose adoption, they are the ones who are in control of their adoption plan. However, we should take into consideration the child, also known as the adoptee. Here we will discuss adoptees and who they are, what you should know about them, and how placing your baby for adoption would work from their perspective.

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

As stated earlier, adoptees are children. They are the ones who are being placed for adoption and are adopted by the adopter, also known as the adoptive family or adoptive parents. Most adoptees are fairly young and placed with adoptive families as early as they are born. 

How Do Adoptees Feel? Are They Happy or Mad?

Our adoption agencies cannot tell how adoptees feel about adoption if they are still inside of the birth mother. It takes time for the adoptee to know that they are adopted (if their adoptive parents tell them) and come to terms with it. Telling an adoptee that they are adopted is a difficult task because adoptive parents would not know how the adoptee will react to major news like this. The best way to know how the adoptee would truly feel is if they start looking for answers. Some adoptees do this, while others choose not to for various reasons. 

How Does Adoption Work for the Adoptee?

If the adoptee is unborn, then they would stay with the birth mother until they are born. At the beginning of the adoption process, the birth mother would have to reach out to Adoption Choices of Colorado and schedule a meeting with an adoption specialist. Next, our Colorado adoption agency will help the birth mother with financial assistance and prenatal care while the birth mother looks over potential adoptive families and the type of adoption.

There are three types of adoption that birth mothers can select: open adoption, closed adoption, and semi-open adoption. These options can affect how the birth mother can communicate with the adoptee and adoptive family. After choosing a type of adoption, you choose an adoptive family. Then, you create your hospital plan. By the time your due date comes, your baby will be born, and the post-placement begins. When the adoption is finalized, you will be provided post-placement support. 

What Should I Know About Adoptees?

One thing you should know about adoptees is that the birth mother has the chance to reach out to their child, depending on the type of adoption they’ve chosen during the adoption process. As stated earlier, there are three types of adoption: open adoption, closed adoption, and semi-open adoption, and they can affect how the birth mother can communicate with the adoptee and the adoptive family. For example, if you pick an open adoption, then you’d have full communication with the adoptive family and the adoptee during the adoption process and after everything has been finalized. Depending on the situation, the adoptee would most likely be more open to talking to their birth mother and family. 

However, if you choose a closed adoption or semi-open adoption, this can alter the communication between the adoptee and adoptive family, and the birth mother, especially after post-placement. With a closed adoption, there is a lack of contact between the birth mother and the adoptive family. Once the adoptee is placed with the adoptive family, there is not much communication between the adoptive family and the birth mother. Meanwhile, with a semi-open adoption, communication between the birth mother and the adoptive family is made through the adoption agency. After the post-placement, contact is limited to sharing pictures. 

We Are Here To Help

If you need assistance in how to put a child up for adoption, then Adoption Choices of Colorado is the adoption agency for you. We have an adoption agency in Denver and an adoption agency in Colorado Springs. 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.

All about Adoptive Parents

All about Adoptive Parents

By Madeline McRae

There are a lot of working parts in the adoption process. You have the birth parents, the staff that works with the agency that deals with the paperwork, and the back and forth between finances, court legalities, and other hoops to jump through. You also have to consider the adoptive parent’s roles as well, having to make sure the housing is up to code to ensure that the child will be happy and healthy, being a good candidate for the birth parents to even consider. Lots of things to consider if you’re looking to be an adoptive parent or looking for adoptive parents for the child.

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

What is Adoption?

Adoption itself is the establishment of a legally recognized, lifelong relationship between adoptive parents and the adoptee(s) in question. Adoption is a permanent process and can occur in different ways. You can adopt stepchildren, relatives, and international adoptions. You can adopt out of foster care, etc. The last type of adoption can be domestic infant adoption, where a person or a couple can adopt a baby in the United States.

Who are the Adoptive Parents?

Adoptive parents are couples or individuals that become the parent of the adoptee, whether it be from any adoption plan. The adoption process for adoptive parents also consists of a lot of legality and specific paperwork, other motions of the process could include a household check with a specific department to make sure the adoptive child will be happy and healthy in the home. Adoption Choices of Colorado will be more than happy to help any adoptive parents that have any questions about the process.

What’s the Process like?

The adoption process can be a little intimidating for some, but if you have a support system like Adoption Choices of Colorado, the staff onboard will be more than happy to help you with any questions you have and guide you through the process of specific paperwork that you can encounter throughout the process. Prepare yourself with some research-based questions like “how to safely proof my home,” “what can I do to make an adoptee feel safe,” etc. If you’ve done your research, it may help you a lot in finding out more about what you can expect.

Finding the Right One

The adoption process and adoptive parents go hand in hand. Finding out adoptive parents that fit your needs can be an easy process for you if you go with Adoption Choices of Colorado. This adoption agency is equipped with helpful staff to inform you about the adoption process and help you guide through specific paperwork. They will also help you find adoptive families that fit your needs.

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.

Celebrating National Adoption Month!

Celebrating National Adoption Month!

By Jaclyn Prasa

November is recognized as National Adoption Month. If you are considering choosing adoption for your unplanned pregnancy, it might interest you to learn about adoption’s history and how it has been shaped throughout the years. In honor of celebrating national adoption month, let’s discuss it. 

First, the bare-bone definition of adoption is when a child, or adoptee, can not be adequately provided for by their birth parent(s). Thus that child is placed into an adoptive family’s legal guardianship. That adoptive family raises the child as their own. 

It is estimated that 135,000 children are adopted each year. Not only does this month support the importance of adoption, but it also recognizes the large population of children that have benefited from the adoption process. At Adoption Choices of Colorado, it is our purpose to help you find a loving and nurturing home for your child. 

A Brief History of Adoption

The first observed legal use of adoption can be traced as far back as the 6th century AD in the Roman Law, Codex Justinianus. The law mainly pertained to adopting sons as male heirs. As adoption has greatly evolved over millennia, adoption did not exist as it is known today before 1851. 

Before 1851, adoption was stigmatized and therefore considered a secretive act if children were illegitimate. In Colonial America, orphaned, abused, or neglected children were often taken in as apprentices or indentured, a labor agreement made for specific years. Though, these children were not seen as part of the family, nor did they receive any inheritance. Later on, the labor arrangement was replaced by formal education. Adoption was also informal at the time, as orphanages were prominent. The first orphanage was founded in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1729. 

Adoption, known today, was formed when a law in Massachusetts was passed. The 1851 Adoption of Children Act acknowledged legal adoption in probate court. The law recognized that adoption is based on child welfare, not on adult interest. Furthermore, the law introduced the courts and judicial power into the dynamic. As the government and local agencies began to closely observe child care, orphanages became extinct by the 1950s. This was the beginning of modern ethics and methods involved in the adoption process

The Importance of Adoption

While 135,000 is a lovely large number of children adopted annually, there are still many children looking for homes. Every child deserves the chance to live and grow up in a supportive home. In fact, children who grow up in loving homes have more self-confidence, strength to handle adversity, physical and emotional health, and less fear. Adoption gives children a safe starting foundation to steadily grow and blossom in their lives. 

4 Benefits of Private Adoption

As a birth parent, you are probably researching and trying to decide the best option for you and your baby. If the other alternatives do not resonate with you, that may be because adoption in Colorado is the right option for you. Though, if you are concerned or confused about where to begin or how to put a child up for adoption, then contact your local adoption agency in Denver to begin the process. It is simpler than you may think and tailored to your needs. Here are some benefits of private adoption in Colorado. 

1. Maintaining Control in the Adoption Process 

Once you call Adoption Choices of Colorado, you will be connected with an adoption counselor to form an adoption plan. From there, the choices are up to you. You choose the level of openness you seek in the adoption, you choose the adoptive family, and you choose any desired help and resources from us. 

 2. Confidence in Your Child’s Loving Home

By choosing adoption, you are choosing hope and life for your child. Though you will not parent your baby, you can be confident in the family that you choose to adore and cherish your child. Adoption Choices of Colorado has a list of awaiting families desperately desiring a child of their own.

 3. Choosing an Opportunity for Your Child

If you seek adoption, the reason might involve that you lack significant resources for your child. Raising a child is expensive and requires all of your attention. Adoption can assist you, as a birth mother, to take the responsibility of raising and supporting your child off of your hands. In addition, adoptive families are carefully screened before Adoption Choices of Colorado approves them in Colorado. This ensures that they are financially stable and they can provide a loving environment for your baby. Thus allowing your child the opportunity to find happiness and success. 

4. Connection with Your Child

Ultimately, adoption is an emotional process. It may be one of the hardest things you will do, but also, it may be one of the most generous acts you will do. You are giving up your child for adoption in order to give them a better life. If you seek to maintain connection and contact with your child, you are able to. By choosing an open adoption, you and the adoptive family will agree upon your involvement with your child. You will not have legal parental guardianship, but you will be able to watch your child grow if you so wish. 

Celebrating National Adoption All Month Long

Adoption allows birth parents many options to make the best and most informed decision for themselves and their baby. Adoption Choices of Colorado knows how difficult it can be to place your baby up for adoption. We are here to help make it as easy as we can. We offer financial stability and emotional support. It is important to us to make you feel supported while you gift your chosen adoptive family the privilege of adopting your child.  

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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