About Colorado Adoption Law
The Colorado Constitution and Colorado Revised Statutes are available online at www.michie.com/colorado
Colorado’s Children’s Code is found under Title 19. Article 5 deals with relinquishment and adoption, and Part 3 of Article 5 addresses access to adoption information.
The Colorado Children’s Code (19-1-103)(6.5)(a) defines the adoption record as the following:
- The adoptee’s original birth certificate and amended birth certificate
- The final decree of adoption
- The final order of relinquishment and the order of termination of parental rights
To obtain these documents, you may contact the COURT where your adoption was finalized as this is the entity that is defined as the Custodian of the Record. Oftentimes the court record does not include birth certificates and therefore you may contact Colorado Vital Records at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/adoption for more information on how to gain access or call 303-692-2226.
Recent Changes in Colorado law regarding access to adoptee documents:
In addition to these services we want to inform you of recent changes to Colorado law that may allow you to obtain certain adoption information. Per legislation that was enacted in 2014, adoptees may have access to documents from their adoption record. Effective 1/1/2016, adoption records were opened. This means that original birth certificates became available to adoptees regardless of when the adoption took place.
For adoptees, this means you can access your original birth certificate and other court documents related to your adoption. These records would have identifying information about your birth parents.
For birth parents, this means that you can access the original birth certificate for your child and relinquishment paperwork. None of the documents that birth parents receive contain identifying information about the adoptee or adoptive family.
ADOPTEES IN SEARCH
An information and support group for both searching and non-searching adult adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents. Monthly meetings and support groups available.
COLORADO VOLUNTARY ADOPTION REGISTRY
Registry for adult adoptees born in Colorado and their birth parents.
INTERNATIONAL SOUNDEX REUNION REGISTRY
Computerized matching service of adoptees with birth parents who are registered. Must be over 18 to register. No fee.
COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT (VITAL RECORDS):
COLORADO CONFIDENTIAL INTERMEDIARY SERVICES:
COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES:
Michelle Lopez, Program Administrator- Lopez - firstname.lastname@example.org
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