Adoption is a lifelong commitment and the process can sometimes be intense and confusing. Having an experienced Wheat Ridge adoption attorney to help guide you, will not only make the process go more smoothly, it will also give you peace of mind. Many times, when couples are thinking of adopting, they are inquisitive about the process. Here is a quick summary of the Colorado adoption through the foster care system process.
The Initial Process: How to Become a Foster Parent in Arvada and Littleton
The first step after determining the type of adoption you want to participate in (through the foster care system) is to become a foster parent. To become a certified foster parent, you must:
- Attend an informational meeting about becoming a foster parent
In Jefferson County, these meetings are put on by the Collaborative Foster Care and Adoption Program. The meetings are free of charge and last about an hour and a half. You will learn more about the requirements for becoming a foster parent and have the opportunity to ask questions. These meetings are offered about twice a month across Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson Counties.
- Be at least 21 years old
- Pass a background check
- Complete a core training program, a CPR and First Aid course, and any other trainings required by the county
- Participate in a home study
It is not absolutely necessary to become a foster parent if you are interested in adoption from the foster care system. You can skip that step and just apply to adopt from foster care. You would request to match with children eligible for adoption in Colorado and awaiting a family.
After Becoming a Foster Parent: What Happens Next?
After you are certified as a foster parent, you will be entered into the system for matching. There are thousands of children currently in the foster care system nationwide. A case worker is tasked with trying to find the right family for a child. If you are matched with a child, then you will be able to meet with the child and the process of introducing the child into your family can begin. You can also visit certain websites to see children who are eligible for adoption and make specific inquiries.
If you are considering adoption, contact the best adoption attorneys from the Pearman Law Firm at 720-259-9528 or toll free at 888-835-6339 for a free initial phone consultation.
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