"Adoption is less about getting a child for your family, and more about giving your family for a child." - Unknown

As an adoptive parent, you become a 'forever family' to youth who can no longer live with their biological family due to unresolved concerns for their safety and well-being.

We have nearly 60 youth waiting for their forever family. Only about 10-20% of the youth who have been removed from their home are ever available for adoption. Nearly half are adopted by a relative and half are adopted by their current foster family.

To Be Considered as a Potential Adoptive Parent with our Program You Must Be:

  • Interested in adopting a specific waiting youth in one of our three counties
  • Understand our youth waiting for their forever family are over the age of 10. Exceptions to this include sibling groups with children of varying ages, and youth with significant special needs. (See Alternative Options below if you are interested in youth under the age of 10)
  • Commits to being a parent forever
  • Meets all the certification qualifications
  • Complete all steps in the process to become certified

Alternative Options

If you only desire to adopt a child under the age of 10, or you are not interested in any of our current waiting children, we recommend that you contact the Adoption Exchange for a list of adoption or placement agencies.

  • For custodial, step-parent, or relative adoptions not involved with child protection, please check out the self-help section of the Colorado State Courts website. County Departments of Human Services do not facilitate adoptions outside of the child protection system.

As a certified Collaborative Foster Care Program family, you have access to children waiting for adoption in any of the three counties.  Follow the links below to each county’s page for information on the children waiting for adoption in their county.

Arapahoe County Adoption Program

Arapahoe County

Douglas County Adoption Program

Douglas County

Jefferson County Adoption Program

Jefferson County