Requirements for Adoption in Colorado 2022

Requirements for Adoption in Colorado 2022

Adoption is a beautiful way to grow your family and might be the right option for your household through the process of adoption in Colorado. If you are interested in adopting in the State of Colorado, knowing the legal requirements and process is key. If this is your journey, an experienced Colorado adoption attorney can help.

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Types of Adoption

There are several categories of adoption in the United States, including:

  1. Adoption through the foster care system
  2. Private domestic adoption
  3. Stepparent adoption
  4. International adoption

Most adoptions in Colorado and throughout the nation are through the foster care system.

The Age Requirement For Adoption In Colorado

There are adoption requirements at both the state and federal levels, and while many states set the lower age limit at 18, Colorado is not one of them. In the State of Colorado, you must be at least 21 to adopt a child, but the state specifies no upper limit. If you are working with a private adoption agency, however, it will very likely implement its own upper and lower age requirements.

Basic Requirements for Adoption in Colorado

There are several basic adoption requirements related to the best interests of the children that apply to every Colorado adoption. During your home study, which every adoptive person or couple must undergo, you will be considered in relation to several primary matters.

Financial Requirements

During your home study, you will need to demonstrate your financial stability by providing the agent with a wide range of financial documents,

Health Requirements

You will need to provide the agent conducting your home study with health records indicating that you are both physically and mentally healthy enough to take on the challenging task of raising a child.

Emotional Requirements

Documents cannot prove your emotional capacity to love and care for a child throughout his or her childhood, but these emotional requirements are some of the most important. The agent conducting your home study will take all the following factors into careful consideration:

  • The extent to which you have resolved any grief related to infertility, miscarriage, or inability to have a biological child (as relevant)
  • How well prepared you are to engage in and how committed you are to the Colorado adoption process, which can be challenging
  • How closely your adoption goals align with those of your spouse (if you are married)

Can Single or LGBTQ+ Parents Adopt in Colorado?

Yes. LGBTQ couples are also welcome to adopt in the state. As long as you meet the above requirements, your marital status or sexual orientation doesn’t impact your ability to adopt a child in Colorado. It’s a myth that you need to be married or own your own home to adopt in Colorado, but if you are married, you and your spouse must adopt together.

You Can Count on Our Compassionate Aurora Adoption Attorneys

At CNL Law Firm, PLLC, we know this is an exciting yet stressful and sometimes confusing time of life. When you partner with us, we will help you understand and meet the adoption requirements set by the state of Colorado and by your adoption agency. This will help the process to move along quicker and with fewer snags. If you are ready to find out how we can help you in your adoption process, call us today at  (720) 370-2171 or complete our online form. We offer no-obligation case evaluations with compassionate Aurora adoption attorneys.

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