Private placement adoptions, also known as independent adoptions, are not allowed in Colorado.  Children may be adopted through the court, the county department of social services, or a licensed child placement agency.

Marrison Family Law can assist you with other adoption alternatives.  These are kinship adoptions, stepparent adoptions and custodial adoptions.

Kinship adoptions

If a birth parents abandon the child for a period of one year or more without cause,  fail to pay reasonable support for one year or more, and a relative of the child has had physical custody of the child for at least one year, that relative may adopt the child.

Stepparent adoptions

A stepparent may adopt a stepchild if that stepparent has consent of both biological parents, or consent of one biological parent and the other biological parent has abandoned the child for a period of one year or more without cause or has failed to pay any reasonable support for the child for a period of one year or more.

Custodial adoptions

Adoptive parents who have had legal custody or guardianship of a child, and have had physical custody of that child for a period of one year or more may be entitled to adopt a child if the birth parents have abandoned the child for one year or more, or who have failed to pay reasonable support for that child for a period of one year or more.

If you have a desire to adopt a child who does not fall within these adoption alternatives, you may proceed through the county department of social services, or a licensed child placement agency.  We at Marrison Family Law may be able to assist you in obtaining a custodial adoption via custody of the child for one year or more by filing a petition for guardianship during that year.

Again to reiterate, private adoptions are not permitted in Colorado unless the adopting parents are related to the child, kinship adoption, or are the stepparent. Other, non kinship or non stepparent adoptions are required to proceed through an agency. Here at Marrison Family Law, we make sure to proved the best legal assistance to our clients to help them through the adoption process. We encourage you to get in touch with us at your soonest convenience so that we can discuss the adoption process in full detail.

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