Broomfield Adoption Lawyers
Bringing Families Together
Adoption has the capacity to change your life for the better, as well as the life of your future child. Completing the adoption process may require you to maneuver through complex legal situations. The adoption may be contested by the child’s biological parent, or there could be a host of other legal challenges blocking your path.
Regardless of your circumstances, we’ll strive to ensure your adoption journey goes as smoothly as possible. Our Broomfield adoption attorneys have served prospective parents for more than 30 years, providing the highest quality of legal services and compassionate guidance on a variety of family law matters. If you’re considering an adoption, our skilled legal team can help your family flourish and grow.
Call Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. today at (720) 809-8310 for more information about our services!
Primary Types of Adoption in Colorado
Your unique path to adoption will depend on what type of adoption you’re seeking. Future parents have many options to welcome a new child into their home, but one requirement remains the same: The child you wish to adopt has to be considered “legally available” for the adoption process. This usually means that the parents of the child have had their parental rights terminated previously, are deceased, or are consenting to the adoption. It may also mean that the parents have not had a relationship with the child or provided support for the child for over a year.
The types of adoption you may be able to pursue include:
- Stepparent adoption: The spouse of a parent may be able to adopt a step-child if the custodial parent agrees or has either abandoned the child or failed to provide reasonable support for the child (such as failing to pay child support) for a year or more.
- Family member adoption: A grandparent, brother, sister, one-half sibling, aunt, uncle or first cousin can adopt a child who has lived with them for one year or more. This is also called a “Kinship Adoption.”
- Custodial adoption: A non-family member can petition the court to adopt a child they are caring for if the birth parents have abandoned the child, had their parental rights terminated or failed to provide reasonable support for the child for one year or more, or if both parents are deceased or consent. The non-family member may first have legal custody over the child established either through an Allocation of Parental Responsibilities or Guardianship case.
- International adoption: International adoptions vary depending on the country where you’re looking to adopt a child, but there are many Hague-accredited international agencies to assist you with placement here in Colorado.
Guidance and Support During Your Adoption Process
Before you begin adoption, you may need to meet the state and/or international guidelines, and complete what is known as a “home study.” From multiple home interviews and examinations to detailed background checks, your entire life – and that of any current family members – will be up for discussion. The adoption process can take months or even years to complete.
When you need help completing your adoption, our Broomfield family law attorneys can be your guide. We’ve assisted many clients with this complex life-changing process, and we understand the challenges that come with every adoption type. With our resources, skills, and experience, we’ll be your trusted advocates and help you navigate each new challenge.