Adoption creates supportive, loving families for children, teens and adults. There are three types of adoption: adoption from foster care, international adoption and private domestic adoption. Most adoptions in the United States are through the foster care system.

The Colorado Department of Human Services’ goal is to keep children and youth with their birth families. However, there are certain situations in which that is not possible or in the best interest of the child. In those situations, we seek adoptive families for children and teens in foster care. There is always a need for families, especially for sibling groups and teens.

Interested in adopting? 

The Colorado Heart Gallery is both a traveling photography display and website dedicated to finding families for children and teens in foster care who are waiting for a family. It is a collaboration among CDHS, the Adoption Exchange, counties throughout the state and volunteer professional photographers. Get answers to frequently asked questions and meet many of the children and teens waiting to be adopted.

You are never too old to be adopted​

An adult adoption is a court process that creates a legal relationship between a person older than 18 who wishes to be adopted and an adult or adults who wish to adopt. When a petition for an adult adoption is granted by a judicial officer, usually a judge, a formal and lasting relationship is formed. An adult adoption also has the additional benefit of allowing the adult adoptee to receive the emotional and psychological benefits from having a legally recognized family.

Resources, policies and forms regarding adoption