There are currently 280 children available for foster care adoption in Colorado. Most of the children in Colorado foster care are between 5 and 18 years old, are part of a sibling group that must be adopted together or have additional needs.
The main goal for most children entering Colorado foster care is to be reunited with biological family. For most children, this goal is achieved. But for some children, reunification with their biological family is no longer an option, so they become eligible for adoption from foster care.
American Adoptions focuses on the adoption of newborns and cannot provide Colorado foster care adoption services. But adopting a child from foster care is a fantastic way to build your family. The information below will teach you more about foster care adoption in Colorado so you can decide if it’s the right option for your family.
There are three main ways to become involved in foster care in Colorado:
As a foster parent in Colorado, you’d provide a temporary home for children while they wait for permanent placement with either their biological family or their adoptive family.
If you’re a foster parent but you think you might want to permanently adopt a child from foster care, you can foster to adopt in Colorado. This gives you the potential to adopt a foster child should they become eligible for adoption while in your care. Most Colorado foster children don’t ever become eligible for adoption, but foster parents are considered if none of the child’s biological family members are able to care for him or her.
Becoming a foster parent is not a necessary step. Instead, you can apply to adopt from foster care in Colorado. You can request to match with the children in foster care who are eligible for adoption in Colorado and are already awaiting adoption.
Families who foster-to-adopt or adopt through foster care in Colorado may receive adoption assistance in the form of a state-funded adoption subsidy. The amount of a foster care adoption subsidy varies based on the needs of the child(ren) you adopt or foster.
You must be at least 21 years old to foster or adopt a child from foster care in Colorado. All applicants must be cleared by a home study first.
Applicants must also meet the requirements for foster and adoptive parents of the individual foster care professional that they work with, so contact your foster care agency to learn about how to become a foster parent with their set of requirements.
Only a child whose biological parents’ legal parental rights have been terminated are eligible for a Colorado foster care adoption. Parental rights may be terminated voluntarily by the biological parents, or involuntarily by the court if the parent fails to meet the established custody requirements and if the court feels it is in the best interest of the child.
When a child turns 18, they “age out” of Colorado foster care, but they may still be eligible for adoption as a child until they’re 21 with court approval, or through adult adoption if foster parents who’ve cared for these children wish to adopt them.
You can learn more about foster care and adoption in Colorado through the Colorado foster care adoption agencies and Colorado adoption photolisting sites below:
For more foster care adoption resources, contact your Colorado foster care agency to enroll in their training courses and learn more about the adoption process.
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