Colorado Voluntary Adoption Registry
Our purpose is to facilitate voluntary contact between adoptees 18 and older who were born in Colorado and their birth parents. We'll also facilitate voluntary contact between a former foster child who may or may not have been adopted, who's 18 or older, and who's searching for a birth sibling who's also 18 or older, who may or may not have been adopted and who may or may not have been in the foster care system. Relatives of deceased adoptees and relatives of deceased birth parents also can register.
- Complete the Colorado Voluntary Adoption Registry Registration Form (to the best of your knowledge, so far as your information will allow).
- Have it notarized.
- Mail it to us with a copy of your valid ID, the non-refundable fee and proof of relationship.
- A former foster child, you must share at least one birth parent of the sought-after.
- An adult adoptee or a birth parent, you must submit the consent form, the fee and a photocopy of your valid ID.
- A relative of a deceased adoptee or a relative of a deceased birth parent, you'll need to submit, along with the consent form and the fee, a photocopy of your valid ID and a certified copy of the adoptee's or birth parents’ death certificate and proof of your relationship to that person, such as a certified marriage record or certified birth certificate.
Exchange of current identifying information between an adult adoptee and a birth parent will occur under the following conditions, under CRS 25-2-113.5 and 5.5:
A birth parent won't be matched with the qualified adult adoptee without the consent of the other birth parent unless:
- There's only one birth parent listed on the birth certificate; or
- The other birth parent is deceased; or
- We can't locate the other birth parent after an exhaustive search, the cost of which will be fully funded by the birth parent seeking a match.
A former foster child can be matched with the adult-adopted sibling who may or may not have been adopted only if the sought-after also has registered with the Colorado Voluntary Adoption Registry.
If a match occurs
Someone from the Vital Records office will contact you in the manner you indicate on the registration form. You'll be notified only when a match occurs. If any of the information on your registration changes or you want to withdraw your consent, please notify us so that we can correct our files. There's no additional charge to update or withdraw your request.
On March 27, 1989, House Bill 1177 was signed by Gov. Roy Romer. This act established a process for confidential intermediaries to arrange contact among consenting adult adoptees, adoptive and biological parents, and biological siblings. This law provides for a more active search process than the Colorado Voluntary Adoption Registry. Contact a Colorado Confidential Intermediary for more information.