adoption laws Colorado

When it comes to laws that govern Colorado adoption, trying to find a quick and simple answer can be frustrating.  Trying to decipher what a specific adoption law statute means can be overwhelming.  Our goal is to help you find answers to the most common Colorado adoption laws.

hammer-719066_1280Every state has very different statutes that regulate how an adoption can be administered.  If you are considering an in-state adoption – were both the adoptive family and birth mother live in Colorado – adoption laws become clearer and more definitive. However, if your adoption is a dual-state adoption – wherein the adoptive family and birth mother live in different states – which states laws take precedence can become very complicated.  Obviously, in either situation, we advise that an experienced adoption attorney knowledgeable in Colorado adoption law should render an opinion before any action be considered.

As a general reference tool, the following information is provided as an abridged summary interpretation of key Colorado adoption laws. Most of these adoption codes have additional circumstances that will need to be verified and considered for each specific adoption. In addition, in state-to-state adoptions, some of these codes may not be applicable depending on the combination of states involved.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD THIS INFORMATION BE RELIED UPON AS COMPLETE LEGAL ADVICE AND APPLICABLE TO YOUR SPECIFIC ADOPTION. IT IS INTENDED ONLY TO BE A REFERENCE AND NOT DEFINITIVE.

 

Summary Answer**
State Statute
State Code Primary State adoption statute page
When can a Birth Mother sign consent? Anytime §19-5-203(c)
When can a Birth Father sign consent? Anytime §19-5-203(c)
Who is required to witness consent? Court §19-5-203(c)
When can consent be revoked? 90 days §19-5-103
Is a court hearing required for termination? Yes §19-5-203(j)
Is there a Putative Father registry? No §19-4-105
How long until finalization? 6 months §19-5-205(1) &(2)
Can a non-resident finalize? Yes §19-5-205
Are Birth Mother expenses allowed to be paid? Yes §19-1-1043(a)
Is there an allowable maximum for Birth Mother expenses? No §19-1-1043(a)
Can court increase maximum Birth Mother expenses? Yes §19-1-1043(a)
Are post partum expenses allowed? No §19-1-1043(a)
Are Birth Mother expenses required to be paid by an agency? No §19-1-1043(a)
Are Birth Mother medical expenses allowed to be paid? Yes §19-1-1043(a)
Is there an allowable maximum for medical expenses? No §19-1-1043(a)
Does the state allow same sex adoption? Yes §19-5-207
Does the state allow single parent adoption? Not specified 19-5-201