There are only nominal fees to adopt a child through Arapahoe, Douglas or Jefferson Counties.
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If a child in your home is not able to be safely reunified with their family you will receive serious consideration as an adoptive resource for that child.
If you are only interested in adopting a baby and are not open to being a foster parent, we recommend that you contact an adoption agency.
Yes. Once you adopt a child, you are the legal parent of that child for the rest of his or her life.
No. Biological parents are not able to have their rights reinstated once an adoption has finalized.
An open adoption is when there are court orders mandating adoptive parents to maintain a degree of communication with the biological parents of a child. A closed adoption is absent any orders regarding communication between parties. In the state of Colorado all adoptions are closed. This means that any and all communication between a child and their biological parents is at the discretion of the adoptive parents.
Public refers to an adoption facilitated by the state. The children involved in public adoptions were removed from their family due to abuse and/or neglect and the parents' rights were terminated by the court. Private adoptions are facilitated by private agencies or an attorney. In private adoptions, the biological parents relinquish their parental rights to allow their child to be adopted.