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.

2024 Training Dates Available

  • January 13-14th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • February 17-18th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • March 23rd-24th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • April 27th-28th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • May 25th-26th, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • June 15th-16th, 9:00am – 5:00pm

View our 2024 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.

ICWA: A Guide to the Indian Child Welfare Act

ICWA: A Guide to the Indian Child Welfare Act

By Alexis Watson

Navigating the legal system for your adoption can be complex. Knowing your rights as the birth parent is crucial in navigating this process. However, navigating the legal system for families impacted by ICWA can seem never-ending. The Indian Child Welfare Act or commonly referred to as the ICWA. The ICWA protects the interests of Indian Children by placing them in homes that reflect the values of Indian Culture. (“Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)”)

Here at Adoption Choices of Colorado, our experts are here to guide you through the adoption process. We also work closely with our legal team to ensure that birth parents know their rights. 

What is the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)? 

The ICWA, Indian Child Welfare Act, is a response to the crisis that affected American Indian and Alaska Native Children. As ‘Indian child’ is referenced a lot in this resource, it’s important for us to clarify the term. An Indian child is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe (“Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)”).

It was reported that large numbers of Native Children were being separated from their families and communities by adoption agencies. These Native children were removed from their families and homes and placed with families and institutions void of tribal connections. According to NICWA, 25% – 35% of Native children were being removed. 85% of those removed were placed outside of their families and communities despite relatives expressing interest in raising the child (“About ICWA » NICWA”). Native children being placed outside of their families and culture caused a devastating impact. ICWA was created to protect the child’s best interest and to support the growth and security of Indian tribes. 

ICWA’s Mission For Children Placed In State Child Care

When considering adoption, the ICWA has set federal requirements for the state involving an Indian child to follow. More specifically, providing protection for Indian children who are a part of or are membership-eligible for federally recognized tribes. Because of the ICWA’s impact on child welfare, they’ve set the standard of care for child welfare and adoptions. Adoption agencies across the world have used the ICWA’s practices of keeping children in relative care whenever safe and possible. 

When giving up your baby for adoption, the preference is for placement with extended family first. If the child is of Native origin then the next preference is for a place with members of the tribe. Then to other members of another tribe (Totenberg and Gupta). Even with these federal requirements in place, Native children are four times more likely to be removed from their homes (“About ICWA » NICWA”).

ICWA’s Adoption: Child Protective Services

Before giving up a baby for adoption, the tribe must complete a criminal background check. They must also complete a Tribal and state abuse and neglect registry. This is a part of the Final Guidance for the Native American Children’s Safety Act (NACSA). Our experts at Adoption Choices of Colorado are able to provide legal assistance throughout this process. 

ICWA Notices are only required if your child is placed in involuntary placement. If you’re not a member of a tribe and willingly putting your child up for adoption then an ICWA isn’t required. However, if ICWA does apply to you then it’s important that you know your rights. 

ICWA: What Are My Legal Rights?

ICWA only applies to child custody proceedings involving an Indian child being involuntarily removed from the home. If this applies to you, then it’s critical that you are made aware of your rights. The court must notify you of your rights:

  • You have a right to an attorney. If you are unable to afford an attorney then you have the right to have a court-appointed attorney. 
  • You have the right to request that your case be transferred to a Tribal court. Tribal courts are based on the tribe’s constitution or way of law. Tribal courts operate independently from the US legal system. 
  • If you don’t want your case heard by a tribal court, you have the right to deny the request. 
  • When you receive our ICWA Notice, you have the right to request additional time to prepare for your case. You can receive up to a maximum of 20 additional days to prepare. 
  • If you have not been made aware of your case, you have the right to intervene. 

As the legal process can be tricky, it’s important that you know what your rights are. Knowing your rights makes you better informed about the process and more confident in making decisions.

For more information on this, please contact your legal advisor or adoption specialist.

Additional Adoption Resources

Adoption in Colorado Springs or more widely can be an emotional experience. These emotions are impacted more by families affected by IWCA. Adoption Choices of Colorado is an adoption agency helping mothers navigate the decision for their unplanned pregnancy. We offered adoption resources such as financial assistance if eligible. We also offer post-placement support, emotional support counseling, and legal support. If you are in need of adoption assistance, please give us a call today.  

References

  • “About ICWA » NICWA.” NICWA, https://www.nicwa.org/about-icwa/. Accessed 3 February 2024.
  • “Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).” Indian Affairs, https://www.bia.gov/bia/ois/dhs/icwa. Accessed 3 February 2024.
  • Totenberg, Nina, and Meghanlata Gupta. “The Supreme Court leaves Indian Child Welfare Act intact.” NPR, 15 June 2023, https://www.npr.org/2023/06/15/1182121455/indian-child-welfare-act-supreme-court-decision. Accessed 3 February 2024.

Why We Should Not Say “Give Up Baby” for Adoption?

Why We Should Not Say “Give Up Baby” for Adoption?

By Lea Reiner

As a birth mother, are you tired of hearing the phrase “give up a baby for adoption”? Does the phrase spark negative emotions like guilt and shame when you hear it? Adoption Choices of Colorado will help reassure you in your decision to choose adoption by ending the stigma with the phrase “give up baby” for adoption.

The phrase “giving up a baby for adoption” has been used for generations. It is an outdated phrase surrounded by a negative stigma. Adoption Choices of Colorado is here to help change the stigma around adoption by changing the phrase to spark positive emotions. Placing a child up for adoption is a selfless and courageous act of love that is best for you and your child.

Using Positive Adoption Language (PAL) can drastically change the adoption process for everyone involved. 

Shifting The Perspective of Adoption From Negative to Positive

An unplanned pregnancy is a very difficult situation to be in. Deciding to place your child up for adoption is a courageous act. It is an act of bravery that showcases the depth of your love by caring about the life of your baby. Adoption agencies understand that birth parents considering adoption are brave and selfless individuals.

Shifting the perspective about adoption from negative to positive is beneficial for everyone involved in the adoption process. To shift the perspective from negative to positive, we need to understand why the phrase “giving up” is harmful.

Why Is The Phrase “Giving Up” Harmful?

The phrase “giving baby up for adoption” is potentially harmful to birth mothers and birth parents. The phrase has an outdated stigma attached to it that sparks emotions such as:

  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Failure 
  • Judgment

It is important to not use phrases that can negatively affect the birth parents while they are making an important decision for their child. Some harmful and inaccurate phrases about adoption are:

Instead of using these harmful phrases, it is important and encouraged to use positive adoption language for everyone involved in the adoption process to feel empowered. 

Alternative Positive Phrases for Choosing Adoption

Positive adoption phrases are beneficial to shifting the perspective from negative to positive. These positive phrases help uplift the birth mother and birth parents while they make a very important and difficult decision. Some positive phrases to use are:

Positive phrases can make a big difference in making a difficult decision that is best for everyone. Positive adoption language can help shift the perspective on adoption and put an end to the outdated stigma attached to it as well. It can replace the stigma with feelings of love, courage, and selflessness.  

This will help birth mothers and birth parents feel less criticized for exploring adoption options and they will be more likely to reach out to adoption agencies. 

Adoption Choices of Colorado Provides Support and Positivity for Choosing Adoption

Adoption Choices of Colorado understands how difficult and important the decision of choosing adoption is for your birth plan. We are here to help uplift you in your decision for your child and yourself. It is our goal to reassure you that adoption does not mean giving up on your child, it is a courageous and selfless act of love. 

If you are a birth mother considering adoption and seeking information on how to create a birth plan, contact Adoption Agencies of Colorado now! We are here to support you in making your adoption plan.

Choosing Adoption When Facing an Difficult Circumstance

Choosing Adoption When Facing an Difficult Circumstance

By Anabel Sierra

As the first month of the new year comes to an end, life and the difficulties it brings might not. There are immense challenges that women face, such as homelessness, addiction, abuse, and many other difficult situations. Adding a pregnancy into the mix would naturally cause a flurry of emotions like stress, fear, and anxiety. However, Adoption Choices of Colorado can help you navigate through these emotions and difficulties so you won’t feel alone. We can also assist you if you are thinking about giving your baby up for adoption

How Adoption Choices Can Help Struggling Mothers-To-Be

Our adoption center is more than an agency–it’s a safe haven for birth parents who may be struggling. Whatever your situation may be, you can rest assured that we are here for you. For birth mothers who are dealing with homelessness, substance addiction, or abuse, we can help with housing and financial assistance. After that, if you are considering adoption, we will then sit down with you and create an adoption plan. We will make sure that all of your questions and concerns are heard and met without judgment and kept confidential. If you do not wish to go down the adoption route, that’s okay, too! We will still help you because every mother and child deserves a fighting chance at an easier life. 

What Is An Adoption Plan?

So, what exactly is an adoption plan? Basically, it is a step-by-step plan that is created for you in order to go through the adoption process. In order to create an adoption plan, you must first set up an appointment to see one of our adoption counselors. This plan includes pre-natal care, financial assistance, choosing an adoption method, choosing your adoptive family, the birth plan, and post-placement support. Additionally, if you do not have a reliable form of transportation, we will provide it for you! The last thing we want is for you to miss an appointment or be delayed when you give birth. 

How Many Adoption Methods Are There?

There are three types of adoption methods that are available: open, semi-open, and closed. 

  • Open adoption is where the birth parents and adoptive parents have an open line of communication during and post-placement. With this method, you are able to establish a significant relationship with the adoptive family.
  • Semi-open adoption is where all communication between birth parents and adoptive parents is through a third party. Post-placement communication is possible with this method as well but may be limited to only sharing photos. 
  • Closed adoption is where there is zero contact between the adoptive families and the birth parent. One will not know the other’s identity and, as a result, may never have contact with the adopted child. This method is not the most favored, but we understand that some situations may call for it. 

Creating Your Birth Plan

The beauty of creating a birth plan is that everything about it is catered to your needs and comfort. We recognize that every mother is different, and there isn’t a “cookie-cutter” way to give birth. Some mothers may want a hospital birth, and others may wish to give birth at home. Others may wish to have an epidural, and others may not. No matter how you wish to give birth, we will not judge you for it. As a part of your birth plan, you will sign the final paperwork where you relinquish your parental rights after birth. After that, the adoptive parents will receive the adopted child at the hospital, and you can finally heal. We know that giving birth can be scary, so we want to stress that you will not be alone. Putting a child up for adoption is not easy, so we want to stress that you can stop at any time. 

Post-Placement Support

After birth, you will then be able to choose what kind of support you wish to have after your placement. Adoption Colorado Springs offers support groups or one-on-one therapy sessions free of charge for life. There is no timeframe on how long healing may take, and we understand that. We also want to mention that our support groups/therapy sessions are not only for post-placement. If you are dealing with difficult circumstances such as abuse, addiction, or homelessness, there is still support for you here. 

It’s Okay To Choose Adoption In Colorado

We understand that experiencing an unplanned pregnancy is difficult, but we want to stress that you don’t have to do it alone. Regardless of whether you are giving up your baby for adoption or not, you are brave. We want to make sure that you have all of the resources that you may need as well. Give us a call or visit one of our Colorado locations today so we can help today.

Choosing A Multiracial Adoptive Family in Colorado

Choosing A Multiracial Adoptive Family in Colorado

By Anabel Sierra

When we imagine a family, the image of smiling faces with various personalities and cultures comes to mind. The smell of all kinds of foods blending into one home as soon as you open the door comes to mind. Along with the different customs and traditions no matter how “small” they may seem to others. In Colorado, our state is a beautiful melting pot of cultures and we want every family to feel unique. Adoption Choices of Colorado can help you make sure that your newborn can grow up in a unique family.

Benefits of Choosing A Multicultural/Multiracial Adoptive Family 

As a birth parent who is considering adoption, you may want to know what adoption options are available to you. While the options are almost endless, we want to focus on a specific one: choosing a multicultural family. We have gathered just a few benefits of choosing a multicultural family below: 

  • Diversity– by choosing a multicultural family, you are giving your baby an opportunity to have more diversity in their life. By being a part of two or more cultures, they can develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others. 
  • Preventing intolerance and bigotry– your child being a part of a family that differs culturally from them can help with this. This early exposure to another culture promotes awareness instead of being closed off as they grow older. 
  • Community connections– as your child grows in a culturally diverse community, they will be able to discover people and places that may go unnoticed. For example, instead of attending the religion that you subscribe to, they may be able to go to other religious institutes. Or, they could discover foods that are different from American comfort food such as burgers, fries, and pizza. 
  • Helps adoptive families learn– Not only will your child learn about another culture, but so will the adoptive family! A multicultural adoption can be beneficial to everyone involved by allowing your child to share their culture with others. 

Potential Concerns With Choosing An Adoptive Family From A Different Culture

As there are some benefits to choosing a culturally different family, we understand there are some concerns about this as well. We want to address those concerns before you go through the adoption process so that you don’t feel alone. Here are some concerns that other birth parents have had with multicultural adoptions: 

  • Loss of culture is a common concern with birth parents choosing a culturally different family. While they may be exposed to another culture, they could also lose touch with their own. 
  • The Risk of bullying is also a reason for concern. As we all know, children love to speak their minds and rarely have a filter. Because of this, your child could be exposed to comments about how they look “different” from their adoptive family. 
  • Struggles with family acceptance are another potential concern with this option of adoption. While the adoptive parents we have are fully accepting of having a child that is culturally different, what about their families? 

As an agency, we wish to put all of your concerns at ease while putting your child up for adoption. We understand that this process can be challenging for you as a birth parent. That is why we have multiple resources to help ease these concerns. 

Resources For Birth Parents 

Adoption Colorado Springs has various resources that birth parents can choose from as a part of their adoption plan. You could choose one-on-one therapy sessions with a licensed professional, support groups, or both. We recognize that giving your baby up for adoption is not an easy task and comes with difficult emotions. We want to assure you that you are not a “bad” parent and you are not “giving up”. By choosing adoption, you are extremely brave and selfless because you are giving your baby a better environment. 

By joining a support group, you will find that you are not the only one with concerns regarding multicultural adoption. In these support groups, you will be able to connect with birth parents who have chosen or are considering this route. We also want to stress that emotional support as a part of your adoption plan can go on well after your placement. There is no timeline on when you will heal, so you may come to us for as long as you need. 

Our Adoption Agency Is Here For You

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and are thinking about giving your baby up for adoption, that is okay. Adoption Choices of Colorado is here to help guide you with our experienced adoption specialist. If you wish to learn more about your options, you can give us a call or visit one of our locations today.

Considering Adoption? Choose a Suitable Adoptive Family with Adoption Choices of Colorado 

Considering Adoption? Choose a Suitable Adoptive Family with Adoption Choices of Colorado 

By Sreevidya Rajesh

Adoption is such a delicate endeavor, with so many lives and emotions on the line. If you are making the choice of placing your baby for adoption, then look for adoption agencies in Colorado. Choosing the right adoptive family for your baby can be very hard. There are many reasons people choose to start or grow their family. Colorado adoption agency will help you match with the numerous adoptive family profiles. 

Looking for a Colorado Adoption Agency?

Adoption Choices of Colorado is a private, non-profit adoption agency licensed by the state specializing in infant and newborn adoptions. They have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive parents in Colorado since 2002. The adoption specialists have a genuine and empathetic approach to all involved in the adoption process. If you are looking for the perfect family for your baby, the team of enthusiastic adoption specialists will help you create a personalized adoption plan.

The Adoption Process at Colorado

You might be wondering how to give your baby up for adoption. After you contact the adoption agency, you can work with an adoption specialist assigned to you to create an adoption plan. This consists of financial assistance, reviewing and choosing an adoptive family, choosing the type of adoption, creating a hospital/birth plan, and receiving counseling and emotional support throughout.

How Does the Colorado Adoption Agency Certify Adoptive Parents?

Adoption Choices of Colorado will give you the option to choose the adoptive family. The agency has many waiting families from which you can decide. The families are thoroughly screened with a home study and certified to be adoptive parents. The home study process is advanced and non-judgmental. The adoption specialists are trained professionals with numerous years of experience in working with prospective adoptive parents. The home study process includes:

  • understanding adoption laws
  • key concepts of child growth
  • medical and health issues
  • boundary setting and discipline
  • parenting a child belonging to a different culture or race
  • disclosure issues of the birth family 

If you are looking for adoption for your baby, there are some wonderful adoptive families that are waiting for a child for adoption in Colorado.

How to Find the Right Fit? Adoption Agencies can Match You with Suitable Adoptive Parents

Adoption is a life-long issue for all those involved. When considering adoption for your baby, you should review qualified/approved prospective adoptive parents. You will be given the opportunity to meet with or see profiles from several families that fit the criteria you have discussed with your case worker at Adoption Choices of Colorado. The adoptive families have been carefully evaluated to ensure they can provide a safe and loving home for your child. Some are single but desire parenthood; others may have infertility or pregnancy concerns. Many same-sex couples choose adoption, and others have a desire to welcome a baby who needs a home. You can explore all these options and make a comfortable choice.

Does the Adoption Process Make Sure that the Adoptive Family Provides a Safe Home for My Child? 

As mentioned earlier, you have the option of approving the adoptive parents. The adoption process in Colorado makes a family picture profile, like a mini-scrapbook that tells you about their lives. The profile will be filled with family photos and pictures of their holidays. You will also receive a letter that includes many details such as their hobbies, interests, and others.

All prospective adoptive parents go through extensive background checks. Adoption specialists interview them in their homes. They should produce a State Bureau investigation report, Child abuse clearance report, birth certificates, a copy of their marriage license and some medical reports as well. They are carefully screened by adoption agencies in Colorado.

Other Adoption Options Offered by the Agency

Support is key as you go through your pregnancy, adoption process, and post-placement period. Birth mother support groups often connect people with a common background. It might seem hard at the beginning, but sharing your emotions with a counselor can be liberating and comforting. They’ll share their struggles and experiences and help you express and cope with your feelings. Adoption Choices of Colorado also offers free and private counseling sessions by trained professionals. The support group consists of women who are from varied backgrounds, whereas counselors help you unpack all the tough emotions.

Benefits of Working with Adoption Choices Of Colorado

As a birth parent, it is common to be nervous as you decide to opt for adoption. Seeking adoption for your baby can be scary and time-consuming. Colorado adoption agency is a frontrunner among other American adoption agencies that support you through your adoption plan. It also provides counseling and legal representation at no cost. There are many resources to help you during and after the placement of your child. If you are pregnant and not in a good place to parent, then Adoption Choices of Colorado is here for you.

The Difference Between Multiracial, Transracial, and Interracial Adoptions

The Difference Between Multiracial, Transracial, and Interracial Adoptions

By Anabel Sierra

If you are a birth parent who is facing an unplanned pregnancy, then keep reading. We know that an event like this can cause a flurry of emotions like joy, sadness, anxiety, or even fear. You may not know how you can do something like this alone. We are here to tell you that you don’t need to be alone, though. Adoption Choices of Colorado can give you all the resources and knowledge about the options you have. Whether you choose to become a parent, terminate, or put your child up for adoption, we will guide you through everything. 

Open, Semi-Open, Or Closed Adoption

If you have chosen to go the adoption route, this is what we specialize in! Once you are at your appointment with one of our experienced adoption counselors, you will choose your adoption method. There are three methods to choose from: open, semi-open, and closed

  • An open adoption is where you will be able to meet your adoptive family and form a relationship with them. Not only will you be able to meet them, but you will also have continued communication and updates post-placement. 
  • A semi-open adoption is a little more private than an open adoption. This option is where all communication is through a third party like us, with occasional updates from the adoptive family. 
  • A closed adoption, however, is the most private option. This is where both parties will have no contact before, during, or after the placement, and all information will be confidential. While it is not the most commonly chosen option, we understand some situations may warrant it, and we understand that. 

Once you have chosen your method of adoption, you will then learn about all of the different types of adoptions. These types of adoptions are multiracial, transracial, interracial, and many more. 

Transracial, Multiracial, And Interracial Adoptions

So, what is a transracial adoption

  • A transracial adoption is where the baby is a different race from the adoptive family. A transracial adoption is also known as a multiracial or an interracial adoption. 

Going through a transracial/multiracial/interracial adoption can give your child and the adoptive family the opportunity to expand their cultural views. By having this expansion, all parties will be able to see how other cultures live within their own home. Other benefits of a multiracial adoption include:

  • Shattering stigmas 
  • Community connections 
  • Cultural consideration

Reasons to Choose Adoption 

If you are still debating on giving your baby up for adoption, that’s totally okay. We understand that going through adoption is a big life choice. However, we want to make sure that just because you started the adoption process does not mean you need to finish it. As the birth parent, you are allowed to stop the process at any point and not be pressured to finish. Your comfort is our top priority. 

If you need more reasons to consider adoption, then you are in the right place! Here are some other reasons to choose adoption: 

  • Giving your child a better life. If you are unable to afford the care a child needs, that does not make you a bad parent. By realizing your financial limits and choosing adoption, you are not only brave but incredibly responsible.
  • Personal and educational goals. Sometimes, you aren’t ready to become a parent due to your own personal goals. Maybe you are trying to complete a degree or further your career before you settle down with a baby. This is your life and choosing yourself is totally okay! You should not have to feel bad for your choice.
  • Single motherhood. If you are a single parent, raising a child can be incredibly difficult, especially if you don’t have a community. By choosing adoption, you will be giving your child the opportunity to have a supportive family as they grow up. 
  • Too young to be a parent. Putting your child up for adoption can be because you are too young to be a parent. Perhaps you are dealing with a teen pregnancy and feel that giving your baby up for adoption is the only viable choice for you. 

Our Colorado Adoption Agency Is Here For You

If any of these reasons resonate with you, that’s okay and we will not judge you for it. If you need more information on putting your child up for adoption, then visit or call us today. Adoption Colorado Springs is here for you and your baby, no matter what.

The Role A Birth Father Plays In Adoption

The Role A Birth Father Plays In Adoption

By Anabel Sierra 

When people think about “adoption,” some may believe it only surrounds the birth mother. However, where there is a birth mother, there is also a birth father. As far as Adoption Choices of Colorado is concerned, birth fathers have just as much responsibility as the mothers. As the birth father, you have just as much choice and power in the adoption process. By coming to us, we will assist you both in what you need to know about adoption. 

Your Rights As The Birth Father 

In the state of Colorado, it is important to know that your child cannot be adopted without your legal consent. If you wish to go through the process with the mother, you are allowed to do so! You have a right to know that she is developing a plan, what method, and what family is being chosen. Regardless of marital status, you can still be presumed as the birth father if you are involved with the birth mother. However, a paternity test is required to validate your parenthood fully. However, if the birth father is not known, you may be able to waive legal consent.  While the legalities of this may sound confusing and complicated, you do not need to worry. We have dedicated and experienced adoption counselors to help guide you through it all. 

Birth Fathers And Choosing Adoption Methods 

As the birth parent, you may be wondering what the options are for adoption methods. There are three methods to choose from: open, semi-open, and closed.

  • Open adoption is when both birth parents have full access to the adoptive family before, during, and after the placement. This option is the most common choice and where all questions and concerns can be addressed. Post-placement communication is allowed and birth parents are able to be involved in the child’s life from afar. This option can help build and strengthen the relationships between all parties.
  • Semi-open adoption is when communication between birth and adoptive parents is still possible but through a third party. This allows a bit more privacy and all concerns can still be addressed. Communication post-placement is still allowed but limited to occasional photos rather than a constant stream of communication. 
  • Closed adoption is for when our birth parents wish to have the most privacy. This option isn’t as common of a choice, but it is respected nonetheless. No communication will be held between the birth and adoptive parents and we will take care of the whole process. We understand that certain situations may call for this option and all of your information will be confidential. 

Financial Support During Adoption

If you are considering adoption, you may be wondering what your financial responsibility may be. Everyone’s financial situation is different, and we are very understanding of this. So, whatever is not being covered by the mother’s health insurance, the adoptive family can cover it. If you do not have any insurance, we will work with you both to form a financial support plan. We want to assure you that it is okay to not be financially prepared for a baby. You are not a failure of a father or man because of it. That is why we make sure that the adoptive families are financially stable and able to cover costs if needed. 

Emotional Support During Adoption 

With adoption Colorado Springs, we encourage fathers to be vulnerable in one of our support groups or therapy sessions. As a part of your adoption plan, you and the birth mother are able to use our facilities. Coping with giving your baby up for adoption has no timeline and you are able to partake as long as needed. Complex feelings such as grief, fear, and anxiety may come up and these are very normal to experience.

As important as it is to take care of your emotional well-being, it’s also important to care for the birth mother. As the birth father, you should also be making sure that the mother feels heard throughout the process. Sitting down and talking about your mutual fears and concerns shows that neither of you are alone. After discussing, it’s a good idea to also make sure that the mother feels comforted as the months go on. By providing an emotionally safe space, you both ensure that the pregnancy will be as smooth as possible. 

Choosing Adoption Is Choosing Peace 

Dealing with an unplanned pregnancy with the birth father can be a stressful time, but it doesn’t need to be. By putting your child up for adoption doesn’t always mean you’re giving up. What it does mean, though, is that you are providing a better life for your child. By working with us, you will be able to find peace and happiness. Giving up your baby for adoption is a tough process and if you change your mind, that’s okay! You, as the birth parent, are able to stop the process at any point. If you wish to learn more, don’t hesitate to call or come to one of our adoption centers in Colorado. We’re ready to help. 

Placing My Baby for Adoption in Colorado: Should I Choose a White Family for My Baby? 

Placing My Baby for Adoption in Colorado: Should I Choose a White Family for My Baby? 

By Sreevidya(Vidya)

While facing an unplanned pregnancy, the joy of motherhood mingles with a knot of uncertainty. There are many options to choose from and one of them is giving the baby up for adoption. This is a brave decision filled with love and sacrifice. But a question lingers – should you seek a family that mirrors your child’s skin tone? Or embrace the possibility of a transracial adoption in Colorado Springs? In the diverse tapestry of Colorado, you confront:

  • personal biases
  • societal expectations
  • hope of finding the perfect home for your beloved baby

Ultimately, you want nothing but the best for your baby. Private and licensed adoption agencies in Colorado, such as Adoption Choices of Colorado, are equipped to help you out. The focus of the adoption process will be on your emotional journey and decision-making process, prioritizing your voice and experiences.

Understanding Transracial Adoptions in Colorado

While considering adoption, you may have to make many decisions keeping your and the baby’s best interests in mind. One such decision is choosing the right adoptive family that suits your needs. Adoption Choices of Colorado will guide and support you in every step, but your decision will be final. You may choose to give your baby up for adoption to a family that belongs to a different race. Placing a child of one race/ethnicity to parents of a different race/ethnicity is termed transracial or interracial adoption. The worldview over transracial adoptions has changed significantly, but there is still scope for improvement. 

Race is a sensitive topic; therefore, it helps if birth parents and adoptive parents keep an open mind and attitude. You may experience complex emotions, such as love, fear, guilt, hope, and uncertainty. To overcome such feelings, you may seek professional help through Adoption Choices of Colorado. The experienced team will help you and the adoptive family understand the challenges that may come with transracial adoptions. They will also help address the challenges of navigating societal norms, stereotypes, and personal beliefs about race and family. You may be offered courses or a few sessions with experienced counselors who can guide you and the adoptive family. During these sessions, you may learn new skills to react to insensitive and biased comments. Adoption Choices of Colorado also coaches how diversity can impact your child’s growth. You and the adoptive family can work together to support the child if you have chosen open adoption. You can also join some support groups that have parents who have chosen transracial adoptions and learn from their experiences. 

Benefits of Transracial Adoptions in Colorado

Putting your child up for adoption is to find a loving, supportive, and stable home. The goal is to meet the child’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs, regardless of race. Choosing transracial adoption enables your child to grow in a unique and diverse setting. This helps the child learn about different traditions, cultures, and heritage. This encourages open-mindedness, understanding, and compassion towards individuals, regardless of their backgrounds.

To promote a healthy conversation with your child, you can educate the adoptive family about your culture. Adoption Choices of Colorado encourages open adoptions where birth families and adoptive families are in contact with each other. The families can educate the child by:

  • Reading books about diversity
  • Attending social events that involve the child’s ethnicity
  • Talking about role models from the same racial background as the child
  • Openly discussing racial biases 
  • Demonstrating zero tolerance toward racism
  • Celebrating traditions and customs that are a part of the child’s culture
  • Awareness and addressing the issues regarding discrimination
  • Encouraging activities rewarding individuality and uniqueness

Recognizing and honoring the child’s cultural heritage will have a significant impact on the child’s development. Adoption Choices of Colorado provides a lot of support and adoption options to help you choose the right adoptive family. They offer counseling, education, and community resources to assist you in making informed decisions and navigating transracial adoptions successfully.

Choosing Adoption with Adoption Agencies in Colorado

While considering infant adoption in Colorado, you have to make complex decisions in the best interest of the child. If it includes transracial adoption, then you need to educate yourself about the complex intricacies of race and ethnicity. You need to find an adoptive family that provides a loving home and is open about identity and cultural issues. 

Adoption Choices of Colorado can be your partner in your adoption journey. You can choose from the carefully screened adoptive families who have completed the home study process. You may also get to know the adoptive family before the baby is born and then make your decision. Adoption Choices of Colorado will help you connect with the adoptive family through phone calls, video calls, or arranging a meeting. If you are a pregnant woman seeking adoption, educate yourself about transracial adoptions to make an informed choice.

Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy During Your Adoption Journey

Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy During Your Adoption Journey

By Sreevidya (Vidya)

Pregnancy is a time of incredible joy and anticipation but can also be filled with uncertainty and complex emotions. This is true, especially for pregnant women who are considering adoption for their baby. Prioritizing your well-being and the health of your baby during pregnancy remains paramount. While giving the baby up for adoption is a decision made with love and care, it’s crucial to take care of yourself, too. Navigate this unique journey to ensure a safe, healthy, and fulfilling pregnancy experience. 

Adoption Choices of Colorado is a private adoption agency that provides resources while offering emotional support throughout the process. Our adoption agencies in Colorado Springs and throughout Colorado empower expectant mothers, offering practical tips and encouragement. Adoption Choices of Colorado educates you about the importance of prenatal care and healthy habits during pregnancy. This creates a positive and nurturing environment for both mother and child.

Prenatal Care and its Importance during the Adoption Process Colorado

A healthy pregnancy is the best way to ensure a healthy birth. Early and regular prenatal care improves your chances of having a healthy pregnancy. With the help of your adoption agency, like Adoption Choices of Colorado, you can schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider. 

Depending on your stage of pregnancy, you may also do a blood routine and ultrasound tests. Prenatal care can help reduce and prevent complications during birth. You may have discussions about your and the baby’s health and get answers to all your questions regarding pregnancy. Following prenatal care may reduce risks such as hypertension and anemia that may lead to low birth weight or preterm birth. 

With regular exercise and a healthy diet, you can minimize the risks that may occur during pregnancy. Disturbed sleep is common during pregnancy. Physical activities like regular walking and doing household chores can help to improve sleep and fitness. 

You may plan with Adoption Choices of Colorado and work on prenatal care and an exercise regimen to manage your health. For more information, talk to your adoption specialist or medical practitioner.  

Manage Stress and Avoid Harmful Substances while Considering Colorado Adoption 

Unplanned pregnancy and giving the baby up for adoption can be challenging and stressful. You may undergo physical and emotional changes, which may cause stress. You may have less time to cope with the changes that occur. Managing your stress well will be beneficial for your health, pregnancy, and your baby. If you manage stress, your pregnancy is likely to be a positive experience and reduces chances of premature birth. Adoption Choices of Colorado assists you in controlling stress and provides several stress management strategies. You may get help with medical care, finances, safe housing, daily needs, and groceries during and after the adoption process

Avoiding harmful substances during pregnancy is very important. Consuming substances like alcohol, drugs, and tobacco can increase your baby’s risk of birth defects. Birth defects can affect any part of the baby’s development and overall health. These defects usually occur during the first trimester of the pregnancy. Alcohol in your bloodstream quickly passes to your baby, causing premature birth, brain damage, and other disorders. It may also increase the risk of hearing and vision defects in the baby. Using drugs during pregnancy can cause birth disorders and low birth weight. Smoking tobacco or being around secondhand smoke during pregnancy is harmful as it may cause birth defects. It may damage the baby’s developing brain and other organs. To have a safe and healthy delivery, it is important to avoid all these substances during pregnancy. 

Build a Positive Support System with the Adoption Agencies in Colorado

Putting your child up for adoption is a selfless and brave decision. Have safe, supportive, and trustworthy people surrounding you before, during, and after childbirth. This includes your friends, family, and your team at Adoption Choices of Colorado. A good support system ensures a positive environment and eases your situation. You can also connect with support groups with expectant mothers who are in a similar situation as you are. You can benefit from discussing each other’s circumstances and helping to cope with your emotions. Many online support groups provide forums to converse and share your feelings. 

Managing difficult emotions will be easier with a good and positive support system. Adoption Choices of Colorado offers resources to help you cope with complex feelings. Create a plan with trained persons to know what to expect during childbirth. Talk to experts and seek answers to your questions. After giving your baby up for adoption, you may face a rollercoaster of emotions. To manage your emotions, Adoption Choices of Colorado provides you with professional counseling. Counselors and therapists can guide and support you well.  

Create a Birth Plan with Our Colorado Adoption Agency

At  Adoption Choices of Colorado, your physical and mental well-being is valued. Being healthy is of utmost importance during pregnancy. With the help of your adoption agency, create a birth plan that helps you navigate your pregnancy well. Adoption Choices of Colorado is committed to prioritizing your health during and after pregnancy. You are in full control of the birth and adoption plan with the guidance of the experts. If you are a pregnant woman seeking adoption, then maintain a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your baby.

Choosing Adoption When Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy

Choosing Adoption When Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy

By Anabel Sierra

As the first month of the new year comes to an end, life and the difficulties it brings might not. There are immense challenges that women face, such as homelessness, addiction, abuse, and many other difficult situations. Adding a pregnancy into the mix would naturally cause a flurry of emotions like stress, fear, and anxiety. However, Adoption Choices of Colorado can help you navigate through these emotions and difficulties so you won’t feel alone. We can also assist you if you are thinking about giving your baby up for adoption

How Adoption Choices Can Help Struggling Mothers-To-Be

Our adoption center is more than an agency–it’s a safe haven for birth parents who may be struggling. Whatever your situation may be, you can rest assured that we are here for you. For birth mothers who are dealing with homelessness, substance addiction, or abuse, we can help with housing and financial assistance. After that, if you are considering adoption, we will then sit down with you and create an adoption plan. We will make sure that all of your questions and concerns are heard and met without judgment and kept confidential. If you do not wish to go down the adoption route, that’s okay, too! We will still help you because every mother and child deserves a fighting chance at an easier life. 

What Is An Adoption Plan?

So, what exactly is an adoption plan? Basically, it is a step-by-step plan that is created for you in order to go through the adoption process. In order to create an adoption plan, you must first set up an appointment to see one of our adoption counselors. This plan includes pre-natal care, financial assistance, choosing an adoption method, choosing your adoptive family, the birth plan, and post-placement support. Additionally, if you do not have a reliable form of transportation, we will provide it for you! The last thing we want is for you to miss an appointment or be delayed when you give birth. 

How Many Adoption Methods Are There?

There are three types of adoption methods that are available: open, semi-open, and closed. 

  • Open adoption is where the birth parents and adoptive parents have an open line of communication during and post-placement. With this method, you are able to establish a significant relationship with the adoptive family.
  • Semi-open adoption is where all communication between birth parents and adoptive parents is through a third party. Post-placement communication is possible with this method as well but may be limited to only sharing photos. 
  • Closed adoption is where there is zero contact between the adoptive families and the birth parent. One will not know the other’s identity and, as a result, may never have contact with the adopted child. This method is not the most favored, but we understand that some situations may call for it. 

Creating Your Birth Plan

The beauty of creating a birth plan is that everything about it is catered to your needs and comfort. We recognize that every mother is different, and there isn’t a “cookie-cutter” way to give birth. Some mothers may want a hospital birth, and others may wish to give birth at home. Others may wish to have an epidural, and others may not. No matter how you wish to give birth, we will not judge you for it. As a part of your birth plan, you will sign the final paperwork where you relinquish your parental rights after birth. After that, the adoptive parents will receive the adopted child at the hospital, and you can finally heal. We know that giving birth can be scary, so we want to stress that you will not be alone. Putting a child up for adoption is not easy, so we want to stress that you can stop at any time. 

Post-Placement Support

After birth, you will then be able to choose what kind of support you wish to have after your placement. Adoption Colorado Springs offers support groups or one-on-one therapy sessions free of charge for life. There is no timeframe on how long healing may take, and we understand that. We also want to mention that our support groups/therapy sessions are not only for post-placement. If you are dealing with difficult circumstances such as abuse, addiction, or homelessness, there is still support for you here. 

It’s Okay To Choose Adoption In Colorado

We understand that experiencing an unplanned pregnancy is difficult, but we want to stress that you don’t have to do it alone. Regardless of whether you are giving up your baby for adoption or not, you are brave. We want to make sure that you have all of the resources that you may need as well. Give us a call or visit one of our Colorado locations today so we can help today.

Celebrating Yourself After Adoption Placement: A New Year, a New You

Celebrating Yourself After Adoption Placement: A New Year, a New You

By Sreevidya(Vidya)

As the year draws to a close, we step into the fresh possibilities of a new year. You may be surprised to find yourself at a crossroads. Giving your baby up for adoption can be a deeply emotional and transformative experience. While joy and love for the child remain strong, feelings of grief, loss, and uncertainty can also be present. 

With the New Year, look forward to bright, promising, and joyous beginnings. The past is gone, even though it may stick with you. Learn to cope with your decision to consider adoption by dealing with your complex emotions. Post-adoption, you may feel confused, sad, disrupted, or relieved. Remember to treat yourself kindly, as these feelings are completely normal. That is why one of the most important things to do is self-care. Colorado adoption agencies like Adoption Choices of Colorado always prioritize self-care and support you. 

Importance of Self-Care After Adoption in Colorado

Putting your child up for adoption may be one of the bravest and hardest decisions you have made. Many emotions after placement may vary from being restless to being lazy or irritable to wanting to talk to someone. This is a time when you indulge in adequate self-care. 

The following are some ways to prioritize self-care:

  • Physical self-care: Eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep, pampering yourself (e.g., massage, spa day)
  • Emotional self-care: Journaling, meditation, therapy, spending time in nature, connecting with loved ones
  • Spiritual self-care: Prayer, meditation, yoga, spending time in nature
  • Social self-care: Connecting with other birth mothers, joining support groups, spending time with loved ones

The adoption centers in Colorado Springs, such as Adoption Choices of Colorado, place a lot of importance on birth mother self-care. These agencies connect you to birth mother support groups where you can interact with other birth mothers. Here, you can share your experiences and learn from others to cope with the situation. 

If you still feel you need support after the placement of your child, you can seek professional counseling. Experienced counselors and therapists have ways to help you deal with your emotions. Adoption Choices of Colorado offers counseling sessions to birth mothers before and after giving a baby up for adoption

Benefits of Self-Care After the Adoption Process in Colorado

The challenges faced by a birth mother do not end after the placement. Although you have placed your child with a caring family, feelings of guilt and regret still carry on. To cope with your feelings, you can indulge in self-care or professional guidance. Adoption Choices of Colorado will assist you even after the adoption process. Some benefits of self-care are:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved mood and well-being
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Stronger relationships
  • Better coping skills
  • Greater sense of peace and acceptance

Treat your mind and body with kindness. If you are feeling tired, take adequate rest. If you feel energetic, use the energy in a productive way. Reach out to people that you trust to pour out your feelings. Talk to your loved ones. You may also connect with people through the internet to share your experience. Adoption Choices of Colorado also connects you with birth mother support groups to help you. 

Tips for Setting and Achieving Personal Goals in the New Year with Colorado Adoption

No matter how challenging the last year was, look forward to the New Year with new prospects and possibilities. Set simple, achievable targets such as:

  • Reading for a few minutes daily
  • Getting sufficient sleep
  • Drinking enough water
  • Walking or exercising daily
  • Journaling your thoughts

Motivate yourself to follow these goals every day. Make plans to get closer to whatever personal target you have set for yourself. Choosing Open adoption can connect you with your child from time to time. You may receive updates about your child periodically. Receiving pictures and videos of your child’s growth can keep you in the loop. Spending time planning a vacation or a dinner together with the adoptive family can also be helpful. Adoption Choices of Colorado offers and supports open adoptions. 

Choose Happiness with Colorado Adoption

Get a fresh outlook on life with the New Year. Remember, there are so many positives to choosing adoption in Colorado Springs. Remind yourself of the reasons for considering adoption and facing an unplanned pregnancy. You are a strong woman who deserves a beautiful life. Celebrate yourself and your adoption decision for putting your child’s future first. If you are a pregnant woman considering adoption, then choose Adoption Choices of Colorado to support you best. 

How To Choose The Best Adoption Agency For Your Baby

How To Choose The Best Adoption Agency For Your Baby 

By Anabel Sierra

As a birth parent who is considering adoption, choosing the best adoption agency is crucial to the entire process. Being pregnant and trying to do research relating to adoption alone is extremely difficult and overwhelming. However, that’s not the way it has to be. 

At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we strive to help expectant mothers with the adoption process. But why should you choose us? We have highlighted three key reasons why below. 

Our Adoption Counselors Make Adoption Easy

After scheduling an appointment, an adoption counselor will sit down with you and walk you through an adoption plan. An adoption plan is a step-by-step process that assists expectant mothers with adoption. 

First, you will select a method that includes open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption. Open adoption is where the birth mothers get to meet and talk with the adoptive families of their choice. Semi-open adoption is when all communication between birth parents and adoptive parents is through a third party. Closed adoption is where birth parents have no contact with the adoptive families, and this provides the most privacy.

Second, we will help you with any prenatal care that you may need. This includes the education of prenatal vitamins, appointments, transportation, and financial assistance. We know that doctor’s appointments and hospital visits are expensive, so we will help you set up a financial plan. 

Third, it’s time to select your baby’s adoptive family! With our large database, you are able to narrow your search down according to your preferences. Whether it’s religious background, existing siblings, personality traits, or race, we will find your perfect family. You, as the birth mother, have all of the power from start to finish. 

Fourth, your adoption counselor will help sort out a hospital plan for your baby’s birth. Again, we will assist you financially, so there is no need for stress in that area. We will help you choose the best hospital and make sure your birth goes off without a hitch. 

The fifth and final step is delivering post-placement support. Your adoption counselor will provide resources to you so that you are able to cope with any unexpected feelings. We can assure you that you will not feel judged for choosing adoption.

Knowledgeable And Experienced Adoption Counselors

Our adoption counselors are extremely knowledgeable and experienced in this field. With their knowledge and experience, they are also personable and understanding. By choosing to sit with one of our counselors, they will tell you how we differ from other adoption agencies in Colorado. They will answer every question and concern regarding adoption that you may have while providing a safe space for your feelings. Our team has been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive parents in Colorado since 2002. We can guarantee that you are in capable and empathetic hands. On our website, we provide small biographies and videos of each adoption counselor so you know exactly who we are. 

Impressive Track Record For Adoptions 

When it comes to adoption services, we are confident with our experience. We have multiple testimonials from families on our website. With every birth mother, we make sure that they feel heard and understood throughout their adoption journey. We know that adoption is a lifelong process, and we are available 24/7 because of that fact. There may be countless adoption agencies in Colorado, but there is only one Adoption Choices of Colorado.

Choosing AC Colorado Is Choosing The Best

If you are only trying to figure out how to put a baby up for adoption, we understand completely. Adoption can be an extremely scary process, but we want to assure you that it doesn’t have to be. You are brave for choosing whichever path you wish, regardless. But if you wish to learn more about child adoption and set up your adoption plan, give us a call! 

3 Valid Reasons a Woman Should Choose Adoption

3 Valid Reasons a Woman Should Choose Adoption

By Sreevidya(Vidya)

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be challenging and you may have to deal with a range of emotions. You may have to decide about your and your baby’s future.  Before making the decision, it is worthwhile to explore your adoption options. Adoption Choices of Colorado is a licensed Colorado adoption agency that assists in the adoption process. 

You may consider one of the following three options, depending on your support system and personal situation. 

  • Choose to parent your baby.
  • Terminate the pregnancy.
  • Consider child adoption

This choice entirely depends upon you and your circumstances. Always remember you are not alone and you can seek help. You may choose adoption if you are not in a position to parent the child. Many adoption agencies in Colorado can help you if you feel like going ahead with the pregnancy. 

You are not obligated to choose adoption unless you are sure that it is the right decision for you and your baby. It is good to educate yourself about the many resources the adoption agency may offer. You may also learn about the various adoption services. This way, you can make an informed decision. For several reasons, Adoption in Colorado seems like a good option. 

1. You Want a Stable and Loving Home for Your Baby with Two Parents

There are many reasons why women choose adoption for their baby. One may be no being in a stable relationship. This may be due to the birth father not being involved or they don’t know the baby’s father. Choosing parenthood is a commitment with the baby’s father as well. At this point, you or your partner may not be willing to take the responsibility. There could be financial reasons too. 

If you are prepared to be a single mother, then it is your choice. There are many aspects to parenthood. You will need the emotional, practical and financial support of a partner. If you don’t have a good relationship with the baby’s father, then you may choose adoption. Instead of raising the baby as a single mother, you may opt for a two-parent home. Adoption can offer a child a loving and stable home with parents who are emotionally and financially prepared for parenthood. 

Most adoptive families registered with adoption agencies in Colorado are couples waiting for a baby to complete their family. They are prepared to give your baby a life filled with love and care. Adoption Choices of Colorado requires every family to complete a home study. This assesses their situation, relationship and lives to ensure their commitment to raising a child together. 

2. You Want Your Child to Have Better Opportunities

This is a very common reason why women choose adoption in Colorado. You want the best for your child. There are many benefits of having two parents and a supportive family environment for a child’s growth and development.

  • Provides a balanced and positive environment.
  • Access to more resources.
  • Parenting roles can be split up.
  • Supporting and backing each other through happy and tough times.
  • Stable financial situation.
  • Better opportunities (Education, Travel, Other experiences). 
  • Involved in activities such as sports and cultural events in the community.
  • Take part in academic pursuits that can lead to college and, eventually, a career.

Potential Adoptive parents at Adoption Choices of Colorado are carefully screened. They wait for a long time and have a desire to give your child a loving home. This makes adoption a compassionate choice. You are helping a family to fulfill their desire. Hence, child adoption in Colorado is the first step to a brighter future for your child. Although it is difficult, you are giving your child the gift of a beautiful family that can provide more opportunities. 

There are options to choose open adoption as a part of your adoption process. By opting for open adoption, you can still be a part of your baby’s life. Open adoption benefits both birth mothers and adopted children.

  • Benefits for Birth Parents.
    • Sense of control.
    • Reduced guilt.
    • Peace of mind.
    • Relationship with the child.
    • Contact with adoptive parents.
  • Benefits for the Child.
    • Identity.
    • Self-confidence.
    • Medical reasons.
    • Relationship with birth parents.
    • Good support.

3. You Have a Vision for Your Future

An unplanned pregnancy Having a baby and raising them is a big and lifelong responsibility. Right now, you may not be ready for it. For a variety of reasons, you may want to pursue a personal goal and aspiration. This is a perfect reason to consider adoption. 

You may have plans to advance in your education or go higher up in your career. At this point, raising a child would delay your plans both practically and financially. Choosing adoption may free you to chase your dream and also provide a better home for your child. It is perfectly normal to choose adoption for a child. 

It is perfectly okay to plan your future the way you want. An unplanned pregnancy should not hinder you in any way. Choosing adoption will be the best option to work on your goals and aspirations. 

Adoption Choices of Colorado has all the resources to help you navigate your pregnancy. Providing financial help, medical assistance, and hospital care are some of the services offered. 

Choose Adoption in Colorado as a Good Option

Adoption in Colorado is beneficial to you and your baby. There are many reasons to choose adoption. Evaluate your decision and create an adoption plan that best suits you and your situation. If you need to know more about how to give a baby up for adoption, there are many resources to help you. You can read online or approach anyone you know who has considered adoption. You can also reach out to Adoption Choices of Colorado, who can give you all the information you need. If you are a pregnant woman seeking adoption, then create a birth plan with Adoption Choices of Colorado.

2023 Adoption Tax Credit

2023 Adoption Tax Credit

The 2023 tax filing season is upon us! The Internal Revenue Service recommends taxpayers take time to determine if they are eligible for important tax credits. Many of our adoptive families will be applying for the Adoption Tax Credit. With that in mind, we have compiled some basic information about the 2023 adoption tax credit.

Adoption Tax Credit 101 – for 2023 adoptions (claimed in early 2024)

If you have done any research into adoption financing, you’ve probably heard about the Federal Adoption Tax Credit. But what exactly is this credit, and how does it work?

The Federal Adoption Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit that helps families offset the costs of qualifying adoption expenses. Families who paid qualifying adoption expenses in 2023, and owe taxes, may be eligible to benefit from this credit. For adoptions finalized in 2023, there is a federal adoption tax credit of up to $15,950 per child. The 2023 adoption tax credit is NOT refundable, which means taxpayers can only use the credit if they have federal income tax liability.

Parents who are adopting from the U.S. and claiming qualified adoption expenses can claim the credit the year of finalization or the year after they spent the funds. Parents who adopt a child with special needs and are not basing their request on expenses should claim the credit the year of finalization. Parents who adopt internationally cannot claim the credit until the year of finalization.

The credit applies one time for each adopted child and should be claimed when taxpayers file taxes for 2023.

To be eligible for the credit, parents must:

  • Have adopted a child other than a stepchild — A child must be either under 18 or be physically or mentally unable to take care of him or herself.
  • Be within the income limits — Income affects how much of the credit parents can claim. For 2023, the adoption tax credit is fully available in the amount of $15,950 if your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is equal to or less than $239,230. If your modified adjusted gross income is more than $239,230 but less than $279,230, you will receive a reduced tax credit. If your modified adjusted gross income is $279,230 or more for the year, you are not eligible for the tax credit.

According to the IRS, “qualified adoption expenses” can include items like:

  • Reasonable and necessary adoption fees
  • Court costs and attorney fees
  • Traveling expenses related to adoption
  • Other expenses that are directly related to and for the principal purpose of the legal adoption of an eligible child

If you’re not sure whether you are eligible to use the adoption tax credit or if you paid qualifying adoption expenses in 2023, a tax professional will be able to provide more information.

How Much is the 2023 Adoption Tax Credit?

The amount families are eligible to receive from the Federal Adoption Tax Credit depends on a number of factors and will vary based on their unique situation. Families who finalize the adoption of a child with special needs in 2023 and fulfill the eligibility requirements above, can claim the full credit of $15,950 whether or not they had any expenses.

Other adopters can claim a credit based on their qualified adoption expenses, which are the reasonable and necessary expenses paid to complete the adoption that have not been reimbursed by anyone else. If the expenses are less than $15,950, the adopters claim only the amount of those expenses. However, if the expenses exceed $15,950, the adopters can claim up to, but no more than, $15,950, per child.

The Adoption Tax Credit limit is based on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) and is recalculated each year based on current cost of living. Income affects how much of the credit parents can claim. For the 2023 Adoption Tax Credit, families with a MAGI is equal to or below $239,230 can claim full credit. If your modified adjusted gross income is more than $239,230 but less than $279,230, you will receive a reduced tax credit. If your modified adjusted gross income is $279,230 or more for the year, you are not eligible for the tax credit.

Adoption and taxes can be complicated, and you will likely have questions about the tax benefits available in your specific situation. While we hope you find the information in this post helpful, keep in mind that Adoption Choices does not offer tax advice. Talk to a tax professional for more specific information about how the Adoption Tax Credit can benefit your family.

Future: 2024 Adoption Tax Credit – If you adopt a child in 2024, the credit maximum amount will be $16,810 with an AGI phaseout threshold of $252,150 to $292,150.

Present: 2023 Adoption Tax Credit – If you adopt a child in 2023, the credit maximum amount will be $15,950 with an AGI phaseout threshold of $239,230 to $279,230.

Past: 2022 Adoption Tax Credit – for the past tax year 2022, the maximum adoption credit was $14,890 per child with a phaseout range of $223,410 – $263,410.

Interaction with the Child Tax Credit

The Child Tax Credit changed in 2018, there was also a temporary change in 2021. The amount is now $2,000 per child, but only $1,400 of it can become the refundable additional child tax credit (dependent on the family’s earned income), with the remaining $600 a non-refundable Child Tax Credit. This credit will supersede the adoption tax credit when reducing the tax liability.

To determine the amount of the Child Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit a family uses, a family must complete the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in IRS Publication 972. Software and tax preparers will automatically calculate these amounts.

Taxpayers who can answer “Yes” on the last line of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet may be eligible for the Additional Child Tax Credit, which is a refundable credit (meaning they can claim the credit regardless of their tax liability). To claim the Additional Child Tax Credit, parents must complete IRS Schedule 8812.

How Much Taxpayers Will Benefit

How much, if any, of the adoption tax credit a parent will receive depends on their federal income tax liability in 2023 (and the next five years). In one year, taxpayers can use as much of the credit as the full amount of their federal income tax liability, which is the amount on line 11 of the Form 1040 less certain other credits (see Child Tax Credit above). Even those who normally get a refund may still have tax liability and could get a larger refund with the adoption tax credit. Taxpayers have six years (the year they first claimed the credit plus five additional years) to use the credit.

People who do not have federal income tax liability will not benefit this year. We encourage them to claim the credit and carry it forward to future years since the credit may become refundable again in the future.

Claiming the Adoption Tax Credit

To claim the credit, taxpayers will complete a 2023 version of IRS Form 8839 (available at irs.gov) and submit it with their Form 1040 when they file their 2023 taxes. Most tax software will create this form for you. Before filing, taxpayers should review 2023 Form 8839 instructions (will also be available at www.irs.gov) very carefully to be sure that they apply for the credit correctly and to see if anything has changed. The instructions are needed to calculate how much of the credit will be used.

When claiming the adoption tax credit, you’ll want to be ready with documents such as:

  • The final adoption decree
  • A placement agreement from an authorized agency
  • Court documents
  • A state’s determination for special-needs children, if applicable
When Can I Claim The Adoption Tax Credit?

If the child is born in the United States or is a resident alien, you may claim the adoption tax credit in the year after you incurred the expenses. However, if you completed the adoption process in the same year you incurred the expenses, you may claim the adoption tax credit in that year. Also, if you incur expenses in the year after the adoption is finalized, you may take the tax credit in the year you incurred the expenses. In an international adoption, the adoption tax credit can be claimed only after the adoption is finalized.

Other Adoption Tax Credit Questions:

What If The Adoption Is Unsuccessful?

One of the amazing things about the federal adoption tax credit is that eligibility does not depend on whether an adoption attempt was successful. Indeed, expenses incurred with an adoption attempt of a specific child, whether successful or not, may be reimbursed through the credit. The IRS allows you to treat these adoption expenses in the same manner as expenses you paid for an adoption that was not finalized by the end of the year. However, in an international adoption, the adoption tax credit can be claimed only if the adoption is successfully finalized.

What If My Qualified Adoption Expenses Are Greater Than My Tax Liability?

In its current form, Congress rejected the lobbyists’ plea to make the credit refundable. This would have meant that an adoptive parent would receive a check for the full credit whether or not they owed that amount in taxes for that year. Instead, Congress chose to treat the credit as a true “credit” meaning that the credit can only offset actual tax liability for that given year. If the adoption tax credit exceeds the amount of your tax liability for the year, the good news is that the excess amount of the tax credit can be carried forward for up to five years.

What Type Of Proof Must I Submit To Take The Adoption Tax Credit?

To take the adoption tax credit, you must be prepared to provide documentation to the IRS showing that your expenses are “qualified adoption expenses.” Therefore, during the adoption process, you should keep all of your receipts, invoices, and financial documents relating to the adoption so that you are prepared to submit these documents to the IRS.

What If My Employer Reimburses Me For Certain Adoption Expenses?

It is important to know that if your employer reimburses you for certain adoption expenses, you are permitted to exclude the amount of the reimbursement from your income. In other words, employee adoption benefit programs are tax deductible. You should inquire into whether your employer offers an adoption benefit program. A typical employer contribution is between $5,000 and $25,000.

In addition to this exclusion, you also are permitted to claim the adoption tax credit for the remaining amount of adoption expenses. The thing to remember is that you are not allowed to claim the tax credit and the exclusion for the same expenses. Again, you should consult with a tax professional to determine the extent of the adoption tax credit and exclusion available to you.

Since The Tax Credit Is A Federal Program, Does My State Offer Similar Types Of Tax Credits Or Deductions For Adoptive Parents?

Some states do and some do not. Since every state is different, you should consult with a tax professional to determine the extent of the adoption tax credit available in your state.

Talk to a Tax Professional about Adoption Tax Credit 2023

This is a lot of information, and you probably have more questions about the tax credit for adopting a child in your specific situation. Remember, Adoption Choices does not offer tax advice and recommends that you talk to your tax professional for specific information on how the Adoption Tax Credit can benefit your family.

How Adoption Can Bring a Fresh Start to the New Year (For All Members of the Adoption Triad)

How Adoption Can Bring a Fresh Start to the New Year (For All Members of the Adoption Triad)

By Amber Godin

The new year is symbolic for moving forward with embracing positive change. This time is also an opportunity for birth mothers to begin again. The journey of being a birth mother includes personal growth and fulfillment even post-adoption. By taking advantage of the support available to you, you uncover a sense of self-discovery and acceptance. Most of all, a fresh start promotes your healing, knowing that it benefits all members of the adoption triad.

Are you a birth mother considering adoption and want to know your options? Our adoption agency specializes in helping birth mothers gain the knowledge to make their own informed decisions. Contact Adoption Choices of Colorado to learn more through email, phone, or text.

Colorado Adoption Benefits for the Adoption Triad

By learning how the adoption process works, you’ll learn how Colorado adoption benefits the adoption triad. The adoption triad-birth mother, child/adoptee, and adoptive parents are all on their journeys. Best of all, the journey that each member embarks on can lead to a sense of peace and fulfillment. Making adoption with one of our adoption agencies in Colorado, a positive experience for everyone.

Benefits for Birth Mothers Choosing Child Adoption in CO

When you consider child adoption, you’ll first want to learn how the adoption process works, and our available resources. These resources are cost-free to birth mothers who choose adoption in Colorado:

Counseling and Emotional Support. Adoption is not an easy decision and is often full of heavy emotions where you need support and guidance. Birth mothers who are pregnant might be dealing with unplanned pregnancy and feel overwhelmed, not knowing their options. You might also feel unsupported in your considering adoption. Our counseling specializes in providing emotional support through every step of your adoption journey. We help birth mothers prepare for birth, to provide support for the emotional trauma that comes post-placement. Besides private counseling services, we also host monthly support groups for birth mothers. This way you can connect with other birth mothers which can further promote healing and self-acceptance. We encourage you to feel positive about choosing adoption in Colorado. We empower you to feel okay about wanting a fresh start after the adoption process is complete.

 Financial Assistance. Another one of the adoption resources we offer includes having a safe place to stay. Helping birth mothers not worry about expenses is one of the adoption services we offer to you. Besides having a safe place to stay through your pregnancy, we will also help you explore opportunities for education or career advancement. Your future is taken into consideration, which helps birth mothers gain new direction for a fresh start. Our counseling services specialize in helping birth parents (and their families) cope with emotions including grief. We also help birth mothers figure out a new direction in life to build a fulfilling life!

Benefits for Your Child (Adoptee)

There are a lot of myths about how adoptees might feel post-adoption. Fortunately, they are myths for a reason. For example, adoption isn’t the same as abandonment. When you search for how to give up your baby for adoption, it does not mean how to give up on your baby. And it does not mean you don’t love your child. Choosing adoption is a loving, responsible choice that provides many benefits. Plus, you can always choose open or semi-open adoption, where you can still have contact with your child. Here are the benefits of adoption for your child as an adoptee:

Choosing Who Adopts Your Child. When you choose open or semi-open adoption, you browse profiles of waiting families and can choose the adoptive parents. Even if you choose a closed adoption, we choose a match based on your preferences for an adoptive family. All adoptive parents undergo a home study and thorough screening process to ensure financial stability. We ensure that all adoptive parents will provide your child with a safe, loving, and stable forever home.

More Opportunities. Providing your child with a financially secure home is a selfless choice. One where adoptees will have increased odds of personal success when provided a financially or otherwise secure upbringing.

Benefits for Adoptive Parents

They get the addition to their family they desire. The most obvious reason is that adoptive parents get the child they have been wanting. Adoptive parents have their reasons for adopting, but most of all is because they are ready to care for your child.

Opportunity for contact with the birth mother. Adoptive parents get the unique opportunity to expand their family. Providing the level of openness is open or semi-open, it can mean creating a supportive dynamic environment for all.

 Open Adoption is a Choice in Colorado

There are many benefits to choosing adoption in Colorado because birth mothers are in control of their adoption plan. Our adoption agencies in Colorado provide birth mothers options, including a level of openness with the adoptive family. Your caseworker will help you determine a plan and negotiate with adoptive parents. Open adoption means you can have direct contact with the adoptive parents and your child. Adoption in modern days helps break the stigma that adoption means never seeing your child again. It requires cooperation between birth mothers and adoptive parents, but it can prove rewarding as an extended support system. Overall, it helps birth mothers cope with grieving and allows for an ongoing relationship between birth mother and child. Types of contact may mean letters, phone calls, or visits. Your caseworker will help negotiate the terms of contact between birth parents and adoptive parents. Staying connected on some level may contribute to the well-being of the child through open adoption. It is your choice to decide what is in your best interest. Prioritizing self-care and your own well-being is another crucial consideration for a birth mother’s journey.

Adoption in CO Promotes Personal Growth and Healing

 Knowing that while adoption is not necessarily a light decision to make, it is also deeply personal. It is your right and responsibility as a birth mother to make the best decision for your child as well as your own best interests. Maybe you want to pursue education goals or advance your career. Having too much financial strain or lack of support is another valid reason why adoption can be the right decision for you. That is why we provide our free adoption services for birth mothers. These can help birth mothers explore new interests, set goals, and build a fulfilling life.

Our agency helps you explore the benefits and demystify the myths to reveal the facts about adoption in Colorado. This way, adoption can be a positive experience, creating a space for personal growth, and healing for birth mothers. Most of all, you gain a sense of peace and fulfillment with your journey. Knowing with confidence that adoption can be a positive experience for all members of the adoption triad. Most of all, it signifies a new beginning for a new year!

If you’re facing a pregnancy crisis or just want to learn more about adoption. Let us help you explore adoption as your best option, in providing both you and your baby with a new beginning for a positive outcome. Adoption Choices in Colorado has the tools to equip you for the journey. 

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