Private Adoption in Colorado and How It Can Benefit You

By Sylvie Christen

While you are researching how to put a child up for adoption, you likely will come up with many questions. You may encounter words and phrases that are unfamiliar to you, such as private adoption. Perhaps you are wondering, does private adoption mean my identity is confidential? Is private adoption the best choice for my child? Here we will provide the answer to those questions and more. 

No matter where you are in your adoption journey, Adoption Choices of Colorado can help! We are your local, licensed agency experienced in providing care to birth mothers and families. With us, you will never be alone. 

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

What Is Private Adoption? 

Generally, private adoption is the type you likely have been researching! It is when an adoption agency works to match an adoptive family or couple to a child. A birth mother, who is usually pregnant or has just given birth, chooses to place a baby for adoption with the agency. You may see this also referred to as domestic adoption, newborn adoption, or infant adoption. 

However, a common misconception is that private adoption means the birth mother’s identity is kept confidential. This is sometimes the case, but not always. When the adoptive family does not learn the birth mother’s identity, it is called closed adoption, and we will discuss this next. 

Private adoption is a common choice because it does not involve state agencies like CPS and DCFS. Instead of a child being removed from a home, a mother voluntarily gives her baby up for adoption at birth. 

Levels of Openness in Adoption 

There are three main types of private adoption in Colorado, sometimes called levels of openness. Closed adoption means the adoptive family does not learn the birth mother’s identity or any information about her. The birth mother will not have contact with the child after finalizing the adoption. 

You also have the right to an open or semi-open adoption. In an open adoption, you are able to stay active in your child’s life. You may visit the adoptive family before finalizing the adoption. 

Lastly, semi-open adoption is halfway between the two. You can still meet and select an adoptive family or adoptive parents. However, an adoption agency may organize the contact you have. 

How To Choose a Private Adoption

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, private adoption may be the right choice for you. There is nothing to be ashamed of when choosing a better life for your child. Many women place their babies for adoption because they do not feel ready to parent. No matter your circumstances, we will never judge or pressure you. 

The first step is to contact an agency like Adoption Choices of Colorado. Our years of experience and compassionate staff make us the right choice to guide you through your pregnancy. 

Our adoption specialists will help you in creating an adoption plan. This simply is a document or list of how you would like the adoption to look. It can include your desires for an adoptive family, your financial needs, and your labor/delivery plan, as a few examples. You should make sure to have a comprehensive outline of your needs so our adoption staff knows how to best support you. 

Birth Mother Benefits of a Private Adoption

When you choose private adoption as a birth mother, you are in full control of the adoption process. You are in charge of the decisions regarding your baby and your pregnancy. 

One of the most important decisions you make will be selecting an adoptive family. Adoption Choices of Colorado serves many families and couples hoping to adopt. 

Also, private agencies such as our Colorado Springs adoption agency are licensed to provide financial assistance to birth mothers. There is no fee or cost for birth mothers to place a child for adoption. You may be eligible to receive assistance for medical care, travel, and other related expenses. 

You are also able to choose the level of openness, as explained earlier. Openness in a private adoption is up to the birth mother to decide, and it may change over time. Remember, just because the adoption is private does not mean it is confidential. 

Make The Most of Your Pregnancy with Adoption Choices of Colorado

Your local adoption agency is prepared to assist you through adoption in Colorado Springs or anywhere in the state. If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.

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