Colorado Springs Adoption Lawyer
Over 120 Years' Collective Experience
If you are looking to adopt and you live in Colorado Springs, Parker, Pueblo
or surrounding area, get in touch with Clawson & Clawson, LLP. Our
attorneys have more than 120 years of collective legal experience that
we can put to good use in helping you navigate through the legalities
of the adoption process. Our lawyers have also received honors such as
"Top 100 Trial Lawyers," voted "Best Lawyer" (CS Independent)
and voted "Best Attorney in Colorado Springs" (Colorado Springs
Gazette Telegraph). Our firm has a reputation for being trustworthy and
effective. If you are looking to adopt and you need legal counsel, get
in touch with an adoption attorney at Clawson & Clawson, LLP.
Important Facts About Colorado Adoption
For an adoption to be legal and binding, there are requirements for the
child as well as for the potential adoptive parents. In order for a child
to become "adoptable," the birth parents must relinquish their
parental rights or the court must terminate the birth parent's/current
legal guardian's rights. There are five basic requirements in order
to adopt in Colorado. The potential adoptive parent must be:
- 21 years or older
- Single, married, divorced or widowed
- Own or rent a home
- With or without children currently living at your home
- Parenting experience not a requirement
There are many different types of adoption, such as family member adoption,
international adoptions, U.S. citizen adoptions and adoptions of children
in the Colorado public child welfare system. If you choose to adopt a
Colorado foster child, then you will begin by selecting an adoption agency.
Because Colorado is an agency state, you must go through a private or
county child placement agency. You can then attend an orientation and
begin training classes. After a home study review typically lasting six
months, the adoption can be finalized in county court.
There are also various international adoption agencies located in Colorado.
International adoptions are both state and federally regulated, and these
requirements are generally more strict than adopting a child from Colorado.
International adoptions by Coloradoans are regulated by the Hague Convention
on Intercountry Adoptions and the State of Colorado Department of Human
Services. Clawson & Clawson, LLP can help you find an accredited agency
and assist you in meeting the requirements necessary for international adoption.
The process of adoption and the fees will differ depending on the type
of adoption that you choose. Our Colorado Springs adoption lawyers at
Clawson & Clawson, LLP are prepared to help you with any type of legal
adoption matter you face.
Common Questions About the Adoption Process
What is the difference between an open and closed adoption?
A closed adoption means that the adopted child will have no contact with
their birth parents while an open adoption means that the adopted child
can openly communicate with and even visit their birth parents.
How much, on average, does it cost to adopt a child?
The cost of adopting a child is based on a number of factors, such as
child placement agency fees, attorney fees, court fees and filing fees.
Adopting a child from the Colorado public child welfare system is typically
the least expensive and these adoptive parents may also qualify for certain
tax and educational benefits. Private child placement agencies typically
offer adoption services from $1,800 to $3,500.
What can warrant an intra-family adoption?
If a family court or social worker deems that a child's birth parents
or current legal guardians are not fit to take care of their children,
then they will typically try to place the children with another family
member before letting a non-relative adopt. This is why so many Colorado
adoptions are by grandparents, stepparents, aunts/uncles and other family members.
What does it mean if an adoptable child is "special needs"?
The Colorado child public welfare system refers to certain adoptable children
as having "special needs." This does not always imply that a
child has special medical needs, but can mean: 1) The child is five years
or older, 2) The child must be placed in a home with their siblings, 3)
The child is African American or Hispanic, 4) The child has a developmental
disability, or 5) The child has some other type of physical, mental or
Adoption Representation You Can Trust: Clawson & Clawson, LLP
Contact a Colorado Springs family law attorney at Clawson & Clawson,
LLP if you are considering adoption. There are many legal hurdles that
you may be faced with, but our firm is dedicated to helping turn adoption
dreams into realities. If you would like to learn more information about
our firm's adoption practice or how we are particularly qualified
to handle your case, please do not hesitate to call us today for a
free initial consultation!