Process for Second Parent Adoption in Colorado

The process for a second parent adoption in Colorado is very easy and does not require a lawyer. Basically there are three steps:

1. Get a home study prepared by a county Department of Social Services, Designated Qualified Individual, or Child Placement Agency and approved by the Department.

2. Download, complete and file the petitiion for adoption forms at your county court house. The website to get these forms is located at:

3. Go to court on your assigned date to make the adoption legal.

This process might seem intimidating, but it is VERY EASY. There is absolutely NO need to get a lawyer, unless of course you want to spend extra money. We did it on our own and had no problems. Your county court house can answer any questions you may have.

Good luck!

Todd Craig

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