Colorado Adoption is Complex
No two cases of adoption are alike, and though (or perhaps because) the Colorado Revised Statutes have provisions covering just about every conceivable case, it is very easy to get lost in the legal formalities if you don't get an attorney. When it comes to paperwork for adoption, it is most important to get everything in order so that future complications may be prevented.
Adoption Formalities in Colorado
In addition, if the child is above 12 years old, their consent is necessary as well. Any person between the ages of 18 and 21 will come under the adoption laws for children and not adults.
The second step is to check whether you are qualified to adopt a person. Luckily, any person of 21 years or older can petition the court to decree an adoption. If you are married and are not legally separated, then you must petition jointly with your spouse. Any person who petitions the court for adoption is called a petitioner. Colorado Adoption laws allow even the minor child in question to be a petitioner. The petition for adoption needs to be filed in the county in which the petitioner lives.
After the court decrees that the current relationship between the parent and the child has been terminated, the child is placed in the care of the state, or in the care of a licensed placement agency. The child can also be placed with a relative. The natural parents can also indicate a specific person whom they wish to place the child with. The court assesses such persons for their ability and suitability for being adoptive parents.
Another important point is that the court places great weight on placement of siblings of the child. Colorado Law decrees that it is in the best interests of the child to be placed with his or her siblings and gives greater weight to any placement that includes all the siblings at the same time. The main focus is the well being of the child, and not that of either the natural parents or the adoptive ones.
The final adoption decree
It must be noted that adoption confers every parental right on the adoptive parents. The responsibility is just as binding as if they were the natural parents of the child. To start adoption proceedings, contact our Marrison Attorneys now.