Adoption proceedings enable the adopting parties to acquire all the legal rights of a child’s parents. In fact, adoption severs the biological parent’s rights and enables the adoptive parents to be viewed as the child’s parents for all purposes.
Types of Adoption Proceedings in Colorado
Consider some of the situations that exist in which adoption proceedings might be appropriate.
First, step-parents may wish to adopt their spouse’s children. The step-parent adoption proceeding would serve to terminate the parental rights of the other parent and cause the step-parent to become the legal parent of the children who are adopted.
Second, relatives may wish to adopt other relatives. These cases are called “kinship adoption proceedings.” We have, for example, successfully represented grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins who wish to adopt their relatives in situations where the biological parent(s) have been unable to safely or properly parent their children.
Third, sometimes an adult wishes to adopt another adult for different reasons. These reasons might include a close relationship with one another, an ability to more easily inherit, an ability to access information and other reasons. These “adult adoption proceedings,” as they are called, generally require the person being adopted to provide written consent to the adoption.
Choose an Adoption Expert to Represent You
Adoption law can be very complicated. We encourage you to hire counsel with substantial expertise in adoption to ensure your interests are best served and to provide you the best chance of obtaining a successful adoption.
If you are considering expanding your family through adoption proceedings, please contact Mr. Jarrett at 720-739-3979.