A Close Look at the Adoption Process
In all adoption cases, the adoptive child must be "legally available
for adoption." This means one of the following: a court has terminated
the parent-child legal relationship of one of the parents, or a court
has approved the voluntary relinquishment of the parent-child legal relationship.
Most often, this termination of the parent-child relationship is done
as a part of the adoption case. The parent-child relationship of a parent
can be terminated without that parent's consent when he or she has
failed without cause to provide reasonable support for the child for a
period of one year or more and/or has abandoned the child (not had reasonable
contact) for a period of one year or more.
For Adoption Guidance, Turn to Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.
The steps to completing an adoption in Colorado can take a considerable
amount of time. This is especially so when the whereabouts or even the
identity of a biological parent are not known, or where a biological parent
will not consent to the adoption. The experience and resources of our
Longmont family law attorneys can help make your adoption the positive
process that creating an adoptive family ought to be.