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Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about adoption.

What is adoption?
Adoption is the lifelong commitment to give a child a permanent home. Adoptive families provide a safe, loving environment for their children, and strive to meet their emotional, developmental, physical, social, educational, and cultural needs.

How much does it cost to adopt?
The costs associated with adoption are typically nominal. There are adoption subsidies available for adoptive parents of qualified children.

Can I adopt an infant?
Although some infants are waiting for adoption, many of the children in Colorado's public child welfare system are five years old and older.

I'm divorced and rent an apartment. Can I adopt?
Yes. You can adopt a child if you're single, married, divorced or widowed, and you don't have to own your home to adopt a child.

What does an adoption caseworker do?
Your caseworker will:

  • Help you find a child who is a good fit for your family.
  • Introduce you to your prospective adoptive child, either one-on-one or at an adoption party where prospective parents meet lots of waiting children.
  • Arrange for visits between you and your prospective adoptive child, so you can get to know each other.
  • Give you information about your child and his or her background.
  • Visit you regularly before the adoption is finalized, and in some situations you may receive services after the adoption is finalized.

If you have other questions or concerns that aren't addressed here, please contact your county department for assistance by clicking here.