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Frequently asked questions about adoption in Colorado

The state of Colorado tries to make adoption as smooth as possible. Adoptive parents are welcomed into the system, and their needs and concerns are taken very seriously. However because of the very strict protections in place for children in care, adoption is a very rigorous process.

The following article will answer some of the most frequently asked questions from prospective adoptive parents.

What are the types of adoption and the differences between them?

The most common type of adoption occurs when adoptive parents decide to adopt a child that is already in the foster care system. This means that they are no longer in the custody of their biological parents when they are adopted. International adoption is also becoming increasingly common because there may be fewer regulations from the country that the child is being adopted from. Private adoption is also not so rare. This is when adoptive parents adopt directly from the biological parents, often seeking legal guidance in the process.

What are the criteria for adopting a child in Colorado?

Colorado is dedicated to inclusive practices in regard to adoption and always thinks about the best interest of the child. This means that you do not need to offer a stereotypical home to the adoptive child. You may be single, married, in a domestic partnership or married to someone of the same sex. However, you must be 21 years old or over and capable of physically caring for the child you are adopting. You cannot have a criminal background and must pass all background checks.

If you are interested in adopting a child in Colorado, it is advisable to seek legal guidance so that your attempt will go smoothly and be successful.

Source: co4kids, "Adoptions FAQs," accessed Sep. 20, 2017

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