Centennial Adoption Attorney
Understand Colorado Adoption Law
When you and your loved ones feel ready to bring another member into your family, the excitement can be almost overpowering. You want everything to be just right for them to come home, which is why it is important to get the help of an experienced Centennial family law attorney who can help you through the complex adoption process. There are many laws involved in adopting a child. Since 2004, Wright Family Law has helped many clients as they seek to grow their family. If you are considering adoption, call us today and get started.
Dial (303) 558-5222 now or contact our firm online to schedule your initial consultation with Wright Family Law.
Colorado Adoption Laws
There are different reasons people adopt. By knowing the law, you and your family can avoid any undue stress that some people undergo when embarking on this process without knowing what to expect. Any adult can adopt. Organizations like The Adoption Exchange provide helpful information about where parents are needed as well as how to get started.
Some important adoption laws include:
- Any child over 12 years old must consent to be adopted
- Married couples or those in civil unions must petition for adoption
- In Colorado, same-sex couples can adopt
- An adoption’s validity can only be challenged up to 90 days after finalization unless there was fraud present, in which case challenges can be brought up to a year after finalization
Preparing to Adopt
While the state will handle cases for children in the foster care system, it will usually be a separate, private agency that will handle a newborn adoption. By planning ahead, you will be ready to adopt successfully when the time comes.
In order to adopt, you will need to provide a few things such as:
- Medical evaluations to prove that you and your family can bring a new family member into a healthy home. If you or someone in your household has a history of mental illness, you will also need to obtain a psychological evaluation.
- Proof of gainful employment and financial stability.
- A criminal background check to ensure the child will be as safe as possible.
- Letters from you, your spouse, and any other family member to the prospective adoptee.
- Eligibility for State licensing standards, usually meaning a caseworker will visit your home to make sure it seems appropriate for the prospective adoptee.
- A picture book or video of your family that can be given to an adoption agency, the birth mother of the child, or the child themselves.
Do You Need a Lawyer to Adopt a Child?
While not required, seeking legal counsel from an experienced attorney can help make the adoption process easier for all parties involved. A lawyer can ensure that all paperwork is filed properly and on time, access all medical records for the child, and can act as a liaison between birth parents and a hopeful couple. If you’re in the process of adding a new addition to your family, rely on our team at Wright Family Law to make the adoption process easier.
Can an Adopted Child be Returned to Birth Parents?
The adoption process is legally binding, meaning that birth parents must relinquish their rights as guardians in order for an adoption to occur. An annulment of adoption is not common, but it is possible. In Colorado, an adoption may be challenged for 91 days after the adoption decree was passed. The adopted child, the biological parents, and the adoptive parents can file for an annulment.
Reasons for an annulment of adoption may include: an adopted child wishing to regain inheritance from their natural parents, the biological parents want to regain their legal rights, and the adoptive parents are unable to continue caring for the child.
Why Hire a Centennial Adoption Lawyer?
Because you will be legally adding a new member to your family, having an adoption lawyer on your side can help you through the process. It can be challenging to remember all the documents you’ll need to fill out, not to mention fill them out correctly. With Wright Family Law, you can rest easy knowing your family’s interests will be handled by an experienced legal professional who has your best interests at stake.
Contact Wright Family Law now by dialing (303) 558-5222 to get started today.